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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 12:25 PM

Why the DFL is taking on the carpet industry

Emboldened by a new majority in the state House this year, the DFL is taking on an old nemesis: carpet.

As part of a broader effort to cut waste in Minnesota, some Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at keeping more of the bulky material out of landfills — and in the hands of companies who can reuse it. The bill, House File 2267, would require carpet manufacturers to create their own recycling program in a so-called “product stewardship” model used by the state for electronics and paint.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, said a similar measure nearly became law in 2013, only to falter near the end of a legislative session. This time around may be no different as companies that make and sell carpet, along with many GOP lawmakers, warn of increased costs and an unreliable market for the recycled product. Republicans control the state Senate, giving the party a veto over any new carpet regulations.

But with the House in DFL hands for the first time since 2014, Hansen is trying again. “We’re drowning in garbage,” he said. “We have to start doing something. If there’s one thing that we could do to impact things it’s deal with large volume — and that’s carpet.”

Read more: https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2019/03/why-the-dfl-is-taking-on-the-carpet-industry/

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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 01:40 PM

1. There is a cure for ignorance...

...and the cure is education. I did an internet search to find out the the DFL in Minnesota is an acronym for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is the state Democratic party of Minnesota. I look up acronyms regularly and so I are an edumucated person, probably moreso than the DFL which approves of carpet recycling but establishes lower wages for some Minnesota workers, according to a previous post.

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