New recycling rules take effect

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May 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first major update of Minnesota's solid waste law in 25 years is aimed at improving a recycling rate that's been stuck around 46 percent.

A state law passed by the Legislature this spring will make recycling mandatory for most Twin Cities businesses.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that more than half of companies in the seven-county metro area send their garbage to the dump rather than pulling out valuable materials like aluminum, cardboard, plastic and steel. That's based on a survey by the company Waste Management.

The law requires retailers, wholesalers, service companies and other industries in the metro area — with garbage bins of 4 cubic yards or more — to recycle at least three items.

A few industries are exempt because their waste needs special processing.

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