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    Minnesota-based Convenience Stores Going Green

    Stores launch recycling initiative on Earth Day.

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- In an attempt to act locally while thinking globally, convenience stores here are encouraging customers to recycle their cans and bottles instead of opting for the antiquated alternative: a trashcan.

    "It provides an opportunity to recycle where there isn't one currently," Doug Lien, solid waste planner with the Tri-County Solid Waste Commission told the Associated Press.

    Sponsored by the Tri-County Solid Waste Commission and the nonprofit Recycling Association of Minnesota, select c-store operators, with the green program, Message in a Bottle, will begin on Earth Day.

    Participants, including 10 Little Dukes, Holiday Stationstores and Speedway SuperAmerica stores, will receive recycle bins resembling a giant soda bottle, Ellen Telander, executive director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota told the AP. "The goal is to get every convenience store signed up and going by the end of the year."

    Aside from being great for both the local community and the environment, convenience stores operators look forward to the reduction of trash. Plastic bottles, for example, comprise the largest portion of the trash at the Holiday Station store in Waite Park, Manager Laurie Malikowski told the AP. "I think it's a good idea. Everybody needs to help keep the Earth green."

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