Minnesota Senate Passes Senator Morrison’s Packaging Waste and Cost Reduction Act 

Measure included in Environment Finance Omnibus Budget 

[SAINT PAUL, Minn] – In a bipartisan 40-27 vote Tuesday, the Minnesota Senate passed H.F. 3911, the Senate Environment Finance Budget including Senator Kelly Morrison’s (DFL-Deephaven) Packaging Waste and Cost Reduction Act, a major step towards reducing the amount of waste being sent to our already overburdened landfills.

“We have a growing trash problem with waste generation projected to grow by 19% over the next two decades. The burden of managing the ever-growing volume of packaging waste currently falls on local governments and taxpayers. Counties across the state are being forced to expand landfills, costing taxpayers and increasing our waste stream’s negative impacts on the environment and human health,” said Sen. Morrison. “Landfills release methane, a potent greenhouse gas and significant contributor to climate change. Additionally, landfills leach toxins and microplastics, posing serious threats to the health of those that live and work near them. More than 65% of our cardboard, paper, bottles, cans, and other recyclables still end up in Minnesota landfills, incinerators, or as plastic pollution. We can, and we must, do better.”

The Packaging Waste and Cost Reduction Act establishes a producer-funded system to reduce packaging and single-use plastic, make recycling easier, and lower taxpayer costs for managing waste. In addition to increasing recycling rates and diverting waste from the state’s landfills, the legislation incentivizes the use of compostable, recyclable, or reusable products by producers. 

Kelly Morrison represents District 45 in the southwest Twin Cities metro.

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