The House Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee has heard multiple proposals aimed at reducing, reusing and recycling. Most focused on limiting pollution caused by landfill leachate or incinerator emissions.

And many of the provisions are included in HF3911. As amended, it includes the Packaging Waste and Reduction Actproposed by Rep. Sydney Jordan (DFL-Mpls), which would require producers to be responsible for packaging waste they create. Its passage would make Minnesota the fifth state in the nation to establish an extended producer responsibility program for packaging waste.

The committee received a walkthrough of the bill. Amendments are expected to be offered ahead of a committee vote. It is a supplemental bill aimed at clarifying, modifying and rebalancing some of the policies and spending enacted last year, said Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), the committee chair and bill sponsor.

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Author: Margaret Stevens, Minnesota Legislature