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Edward Anderson January 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM
I lived in Michigan when they instituted a ten cent deposit on beverage containers. ItRead Moresignificantl y reduced the number of bottles and cans along the states roadsides and in its public areas. But the cost was that every grocery store had an alcove where you took your containers to be redeemed--and that alcove just reeked! Just imagine the stench of thousands of containers of beer and soda, each with a few drops remaining inside to fragrance the surrounding air! And consider where in the grocery store you want to smell that. As you enter, to give you the impression that the whole store smells like that? Next to the bakery? The meat counter? The produce area? And oh, by the way: Maybe things have changed in the last twenty years, but in order to get the deposit, the cans had to be intact. They could have a dent or two, sure, but you couldn't crush them. Crushed or otherwise mutilated cans were not redeemable. Why, I couldn't tell you. What I can say is that crushed cans take up a lot less room and don't skitter around as much as uncrushed cans do. Finally, there's the border issue. If Minnesota charges a deposit on containers, but Wisconsin doesn't, what's to keep Minnesotans who live near the border from buying their beverages in Sconnie--and bringing the empties to a Minnesota redemption center for the deposit they didn't pay? Those are some of the costs. The benefit is reduced litter, which is no small thing, but we have to ask ourselves just how bad is the discarded container problem right now? With curbside recycling in effect, I don't see a plethora of containers thrown by the wayside. Are we trying to solve a problem that simply isn't worth the cost?
Michelle Hackett January 19, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Jeff is right. They are fake and have been there "bobbling" as the wind blows for monthsRead Moret o keep the geese off the grass.
Edward Anderson January 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM
We do have coyotes in Eagan, though. I've seen them in my yard a number of times. Mostly atRead Morenight, but at least once during the day.
Penny Edgell January 22, 2014 at 08:47 AM
We saw one on the shoulder of 13 just north of Yankee Doodle on Saturday night
Scott January 07, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Not only is paving a road through the only undeveloped parcel of land in the Metro a short-sightedRead Morei dea and goes against mission of this natural "Park", but spending 31 Million dollars for a 10 mile trail in the woods is governement "fraud, waste, and abuse" of our tax dollars. Speak up now, and again at the next county election. None of the current Dakota County commissioners are being completely honest to the public about this issue. Follow the money...
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