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Texas Bottle Bill

January 8th, 2011 No comments

Who lives in Texas? We need your support in getting this bill passed!

What does it all mean? The Texas Bottle Bill in a nut shell:

Beverages Covered:
Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, wine, coffee, tea, juices and flavored and non-carbonated waters. Dairy products excluded.

Containers Covered:
All sealed containers made of glass, plastic or aluminum containing a beverage of 4 liters or less.

Amount of Deposit:
10¢ on 24 oz or less, 15¢ on greater than 24 oz

Handling Fee:
A handling fee to be paid to retailers, redemption centers, recycling centers and registered curbside operations.

Reclamation System:
Retail stores (optional), redemption centers, reverse vending machines, non-profit organizations.

Beverage Container Fund:
Funding for educational recycling programs and the recycling industry

Program Goal:
75% overall recycling rate for Texas

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed from across the State of Texas. Any help is greatly appreciated:

  • Distribute flyers at nearby stores and public events
  • Gather signatures on petitions to show your legislators the we support the Bottle Bill.
  • Send a letter to the editor of your local paper showing your support of the bill. Local newspapers want to hear from residents on this type of issue.
  • Do you have other ideas, please share them with us.

For more information, check out www.texasbottlebill.com

Texas Bottle Bill

April 15th, 2010 6 comments

There are currently eleven bottle bill states in the U.S., the first originating in 1971. Another ten states have deposit/refund legislation pending, including Texas.

Texas Bottle Bill Legislation Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Bottle Bill is to establish a deposit/refund program to decrease the volume of aluminum, glass & plastic beverage containers in our lakes & rivers; bays & bayous; on our roadways and public lands. The deposit/refund system will combine financial incentives & convenient redemption centers; this along with curbside collection will ensure the maximum number of beverage containers for recycling. This Texas Bottle Bill will establish a funding base to create jobs locally and throughout the state in the recycling industry and bring processors and manufactures into our state. The Texas Bottle Bill will reduce Texans carbon footprint by increasing the supply of high quality materials for recycling and help replace the practice of using virgin material to produce new products.

Litter travels from all corners of Texas into our storm drains and waterways until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The mission of the Texas Bottle Bill is to stop the unnecessary and improper disposal of valuable resources and to help create jobs for our communities here in Texas.

To help pass the Texas Bottle Bill in 2011, contact your State Representative and State Senator today (check here for details). Ask them to Support the Texas Bottle Bill in 2011.

Texas Bottle Bill for 2011

The proposed Texas Bottle Bill for 2011 will initiate a 10¢ refundable deposit on all aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers sold in the State of Texas.

TX Bottle Bill

Buffalo Bayou, Houston Texas

With the passage of this bill Texas can:

  1. Create new jobs in the recycling and processing industries in Texas.
  2. Reduce landfill space by taking recyclables out of the waste stream.
  3. Reduce greenhouse gases.
  4. Bring new manufacturing jobs to Texas.
  5. Reduce reliance on oil and other natural resources.
  6. Increase our overall recycling rate (bottle bill state average is 75%).
  7. Clean our highways, streets and waterways of litter.

Proposed Bill

Beverages Covered
Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, wine, coffee, tea, juices and non-carbonated waters. Dairy products excluded.

Containers Covered
All sealed containers made of glass, plastic or aluminum containing a beverage of 4 liters or less.

Amount of Deposit
10¢ on 24 oz or less, 15¢ on greater than 24 oz

Handling Fee
A handling fee to be paid to retailers, redemption centers, recycling centers and registered curbside operations

Reclamation System
Retail stores, redemption centers, recycling centers and registered curbside operations

Beverage Container Fund
Administered by a non-profit co-op

Program goal
75% overall recycling rate for Texas