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Tennessee Bottle Bill – Part II

March 21st, 2010 No comments

Tennessee’s (TN) proposed beverage-container deposit–the easiest, most effective Green Jobs Initiative we’ll see this year–comes before a legislative subcommittee on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. The committee members need to hear from you, the supporters. Unfortunately, they are hearing a lot of misinformation from special-interest opponents.

Most special interest groups apparently don’t understand how the new bill works; if the did they would not oppose it. Retailers, for example, would not have to use their floor space or pay employees to accept and pay back container deposits. Redemption centers that profit off their recycling sales would handle that. And, experience in other states shows, these centers would start-up (just as recycle centers would become profitable redemption centers) if the bill passes because two of the most commonly used containers — aluminum and plastic — are easily sold and highly profitable. The profits in other bottle-bill states easily offset the lagging market for glass.

Contact your Representative now:

Rep. Joe Carr–rep.joe.carr@capitol.tn.gov (Rutherford Co)
Rep.Ty Cobb–rep.ty.cobb@capitol.tn.gov (Maury Co)
Rep. Ryan Haynes–rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov (Knox Co)
Rep. John Litz –john.litz@capitol.tn.gov (Hamblen Co)
Rep. Gerald McCormick–rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov (Hamilton Co)

Tell these folks why you support a 5-cent deposit on beverage containers. Be sure to include your hometown, especially if you live in one of their counties.

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Think going digital means being green? Think again.

March 18th, 2010 No comments

Think going digital means being green? A recent blog posting on ZDNet says, “think again.”

The resources required to produce eReaders may be more harmful to the environment than the use of pulp to make your morning paper.

Dozens of minerals and metals have to be mined and refined to make eReaders, not to mention all the plastic that has to be molded to encase the delicate insides.

“There is no question that print media could do a better job of managing the sustainability of its supply chains and waste streams, but it’s a misguided notion to assume that digital media is categorically greener. Computers, eReaders, and cell phones don’t grow on trees and their spiraling requirement for energy is unsustainable,” Don Carli, Executive Vice President of SustainCommWorld LLC and Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Sustainable Communication, said in an interview with ZDNet.

See http://blogs.zdnet.com/doc/?p=771 for more.

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