Monday, 22 July 2019
The US is struggling to meet their recycling goals as companies still fight against the “bottle bill”....
The US is struggling to meet their recycling goals as companies still fight against the “bottle bill”. The bill should increase the recycling rates of bottles, but the whole affair turns out to be a costly move for the whole industry.
In 10 states across America, where bottle bills are enforced, the recycling rates have skyrocketed. For decades, the bottle bill has been rejected by all interested parties, from beverage companies to sellers, and NGOs under their wing.
The only state to successfully enforce the bill was Hawaii, back in 1987, and in other eight states where the bill was proposed this year unanimously rejected it.
Today, most states in the US rely entirely on consumers’ will to recycle. Although the process is easy and straightforward, tons of containers reach landfills and dumps every day.
Although a similar bill will encourage people to recycle more, the representatives at the Keep Tennessee Beautiful NGO claim that education is the key to reducing waste and pollution, not deposits on plastic bottles that will keep the beverage companies in the US strong on their opposing position.
Their motivation is that a similar bill would only target only part of the pollution source, leaving companies in other industries untouched by the decision.
Recycling turns out to be a costly affair for beverage companies in the US