Take Action: call Governor Dayton and ask for his commitment to VETO any packaging preemption bills.
Seward Co-op opposes preemption on single-use packaging fees and sustainable to go food containers. We've joined a large community of neighbors, local officials, environmental justice activists, public health advocates, businesses, and restaurants to stand together and oppose legislative measures seeking to prohibit cities' authority to reduce packaging waste. (See full list of coalition members at right.)
- Eureka Recycling
- Seward Community Co-op
- Women's Congress for Future Generations
- Environment Minnesota
- Minneapolis Climate Action
- Sierra Club North Star Chapter
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Seward Co-op supports the City of Minneapolis regarding ordinances like Green To Go and in any efforts that encourage more sustainable choices. We believe that the State should not revoke municipal movements towards environmental sustainability. Join us by asking MN Governor Mark Dayton to veto packaging preemption bills no matter where they show up. Cities should have the ability to respond to the needs of their community members and that includes regulating unsafe/unhealthy packaging and products that can harm people in their communities and their environment. Based on what we learned last year, we anticipate these measures to be added to omnibus bills that will be passed by the House and Senate, so we need the Governor's commitment to oppose these measures.
Please call Governor Dayton and ask him to veto ALL packaging preemption bills: 651-201-3400
SF 3253/ HF 3814 would prohibit a fee on single-use bags or any problem food, beverage, or food/beverage packaging, but also prohibits going to the legislature to ask for a tax (money that would go to the city to support programs like litter cleanup) on problem food, beverages, or food/beverage packaging. We are expecting this will show up in the tax omnibus bill.
HF 3606/ SF 3135 would prohibit the regulation of single-use food and beverage containers and would overturn Minneapolis and St. Louis Park's "to-go" packaging ordinances as well as not allow a city to place a fee on single-use bags. This bill has passed through the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee and we are watching for where it goes next.
Seward Co-op's primary partner in this legislative advocacy is Eureka Recycling. Please reach out to Allison at Seward: 612.436.4043 or Megan at Eureka: 612-490-2900 with questions.
Thanks for joining us!