Monday, March 13, 2006

A New Improved Tennessee Bottle Bill

The Chattanoogan has a story on the new improved TN Bottle Bill being introduced this year. This bill would very friendly to retailers, distributors and bottlers.

The story goes on to say that, "State Rep. Russell Johnson (R-Loudon) and Sen. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) are cosponsors of the proposal to reduce litter and increase recycling by putting a five-cent deposit on glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers. According to Davis, the measure should reduce Tennessee’s beverage-container litter by at least 80 percent and overall litter by 40 percent. It will also increase Tennessee’s recycling rate for these containers from 24 percent to a projected 85 percent. With Tennesseans buying 4 billion sodas, beers, bottled waters and other drinks each year, that’s 3.4 billion containers that won’t end up in the landfill or worse, on the landscape."

Here is the full story: Chattanoogan Bottle Bill Story

This bill makes sense. Now is the time for Tennessee to stand up and clean up litter.


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