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“Minnesota has the chance to have a world-class system,” even if costs rise as a result, she said. “If you imagine buying a 24-pack of soda, your price would go up 14 cents on average, that is if the beverage producers decided to pass all of their [new deposit] costs onto you, the consumer,” Collins said.
Other findings suggested that current waste and recycling haulers firms risk losing $4.6 million in disposal and recycling revenues. They may also be forced to cut 136 residential-recycling jobs plus another six workers at waste collection centers and landfills.
The report also noted that all the plastic, metal and drink containers recycled under a new system are expected to be worth about $76 million.
Paul Gardner, executive director of Recycling Reinvented in Shoreview, said he can understand why people would like or criticize the proposed change.
“Deposits create clean streams of a lot of beverage containers, which the aluminum, glass and PET plastic industries want. But consumer brands end up paying for it, more or less. This is typical of the many trade-offs in recycling,” Gardner said. “Everyone wants the benefits but not the costs. The report does a good job of showing costs and benefits as well as showing who benefits and who has the costs.”
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