Environmental, economic, and social impacts of reuse in Minnesota
Reuse is the continued use, repair, or repurposing of items or materials which extends the life of resources and decreases demand for new production. These activities result in environmental, economic, and social benefits.
With this study, and again with funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), Reuse Minnesota intended to refine the methodologies of previous studies conducted by Reuse Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (linked below). The goals were to obtain updated results on the statewide impacts of reuse and create a user-friendly tool that will allow Reuse Minnesota to replicate the study in future years. Reuse Minnesota contracted Eunomia Research & Consulting (Eunomia), an international circular economy consulting firm, to conduct this study.
Data on more than 13,000 businesses in Minnesota were pulled from the Dun & Bradstreet database for analysis in the tool. Overall, the research shows that the reuse economy continues to have strong positive environmental, economic, and social benefits in Minnesota.
Reuse impact report and presentation
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).