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Grants available to help HN County businesses ramp up recycling

Hennepin County is the first local government in Minnesota to offer grants to businesses to improve recycling. The business sector generates more than half of the total waste in Hennepin County, and nearly two-thirds of waste created at businesses is recyclable. Helping businesses improve their recycling is an important strategy toward meeting the county’s goal of recycling at least half of the waste generated in the county by 2015. Recycling grants are now available for up to $50,000 for businesses to start or improve programs to divert recyclables and organics (food and non-recyclable paper) from the trash. Most businesses and nonprofits in the county — from large office buildings to churches, restaurants and apartment buildings — are eligible to apply. Continue Reading →

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Report: Mpls garbage burner already a ‘significant source’ of airborne toxins

Planned expansion would likely increase harm to communities of color
A new report by the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) shows that if the downtown garbage burner continues with a planned 20 percent increase in the amount of waste being incinerated, it would likely increase harm to low-income communities and communities of color in Minneapolis. Community members and representatives from public health and environmental justice organizations responded quickly with their concerns. “For too long, communities of color and low-income communities have been the dumping ground when it comes to trash and toxins, “ said Karen Monahan, a resident of Minneapolis and an environmental justice activist with the Sierra Club. “The HERC garbage burner is the third largest in the country when it comes to racial disparities. Our children deserve clean air, clean water and good soil to grow food. Continue Reading →

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