Waste not, want not. More trash signals stronger economy

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the amount of waste material brought to landfills is up, which historically has signaled economic growth.
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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the amount of waste material brought to landfills is up, which historically has signaled economic growth.

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