Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tennessee Bottle Bill Coming Up For Discussion March 22?

The new improved bottle bill in Tennessee is up for review again. Tomorrow, March 22 it will come in front of the House Government Operations Committee. Last year a similiar bill met a dramatic defeat in front of the Local Government Subcommittee of the House State and Local Government Committee. Rep. Russell Johnson (R-Loudon), the sponsor of this bill, wanted to present the merits of the bill since he didn't have the votes at that time to pass out of committee. Knoxville Rep. Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville) moved to discuss the bill. At this point no other legislators would second the motion to discuss.

I believe we all learned in our government class in junior high school that Democracy requires discussion.

To ensure that this bill at least gets discussed please visit the Tennessee Bottle Bill Project and contact your legislator or senator. Tell them that you want to clean up Tennessee's roads and streams.

9 Comments:

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Hello Eric,

I discovered your blog by searching on Yahoo. I never thought i'd find a blog devoted to bottle bills.

I live in Michigan. Home of the 10 cent refund. In fact, my job actually revolves very heavily around recycling of bottles and cans.

Great blog here!

http://michradio.blogspot.com

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Eric Durland said...

Jordan,

Thanks for the praise. I will let it go to my head now... lol

I will keep my eye on michradio for any news about the bottle bill in Michigan. What exactly do you do in recycling?

Eric

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

For the record, my radio blog won't have anything about recycling bottles and cans. It's just radio news and things like that. Radio is my main hobby.

I work at a retailer with the Tomra machines. One of my main responsibilities is to make sure everything is running smoothly. I have to fix the machines if they break down, help the customers, you name it.

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Eric Durland said...

How do you like the Tomra machines? I am thinking of doing an article on their machines and would love any feedback or information you would provide.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

The Tomra machines are great, especially the Tomra 83 HCp machines. We just got those at our store last month and we've had LOTS of positive feedback from our customers. I like them MUCH better than the old Tomra 22 and 42 models we had. The new ones make less time for me back there and more time to do my other tasks.

www.tomra.com has TONS of information about all of their machines.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Eric Durland said...

Thanks for the info.

I have checked out their site (I even have a link), but I was looking for more information from someone that actually uses them and isn't trying to sell them. (You don't work for them do you?)

How do your customers like them? And what would you say is the general response to a bottle bill in Michigan?

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

I work at a Meijer store in Michigan.

I think the new machines are much better because there isn't as much to clean and they're easier to clean. They also crush the pet and aluminum far better than our old machines did. Also, they go straight into the big bins. With the old machines, we had to dump them into those bins.

The customers love our new machines. Sure we still have the occasional irate customer, but for the most part they love them.

The general response from the Michiganders with the bottle bill seems pretty positive. People return maybe 20 or 30 cans and use that as a coupon of sorts when they are at the checkout. It helps out some with a limited income, but it's a great way for anybody to make extra money. For example, i'm going on vacation in May and i've found almost 650 cans ($65) just walking or driving down some of our back roads. This money will go to my fun money fund! :-)

The one bad thing about the bottle bill is that our store is very close to the Indiana state line. We have a big problem with people from IN returning their non-refundable cans for our 10 cent refund. We won't take them out of the store in cuffs over one or two non-refundable cans, but some of them try to return up to and more than 100 cans easily. Those are the ones we watch out for.

Whew! That was longer than one of my actual posts in my blog!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Eric Durland said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this. Most of us in the non-bottle bill states need to hear more of this. Would you mind if I made a post from your comments?

Eric

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Eric Durland said...

By the way. You should make a link in the comment (instead of just typing out your blog address) so that you will have more direct links to your site and your site will go up in the rankings.

Eric

 

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