SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senator John Hoffman, joined a group Minnesota legislators and other advocates on a tour of the Eureka Recycling facility in Minneapolis. The recycling facility is one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the country and has a mission-based focus on transitioning towards zero-waste.
“As a member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators I am committed to advancing sound, nonpartisan policy to protect, conserve, and improve Minnesota’s environment,” Sen. Hoffman said. “This tour provided an opportunity for legislators to learn ways Minnesota can move toward reducing single-use plastic pollution in Minnesota.”
Currently, of all plastics ever produced, only 9% are recycled, according to National Geographic. This fact underlines both the importance of improving our recycling facilities and reducing the number of plastics used.
The tour was organized by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). Their Executive Director Jeff Mauk said, “states across the country are growing more aware of the impacts single-use plastics have on the environment and are taking action. Plastic pollution is an issue that is impacting people in their daily lives. This tour brought Minnesota legislators together to see and discuss the issue while gaining first-hand knowledge from a recycling facility.”
In 2019, 36 states introduced over 220 pieces of legislation in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. Sen. Hoffman is hopeful Minnesota will join in these efforts to reduce plastics in our ecosystem and ensure our environment is safe and clean for future generations.
The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Sen. John Hoffman is pictured with environmental advocates after a tour of the Eureka Recycling facility in Minneapolis. Eureka Recycling has provided recycling services and zero waste education to the Twin Cities metro area since 2001.