Positive Senate Finance Sub-Committee Hearing 4-22-13
Senate Research hearing
summary notes, "Recycling rates in Texas
lag the national average and have not
met the 40 percent goal established over
a decade ago. Beverage container
in particular remains low..."
Could HB1473 (Texas Bottle Bill) have influenced this decision?
Recycling glass and plastic bottles at the Capitol Café did not appear to be an issue earlier this year. Now we see a welcome improvement in Austin.
Environmental Reg Comm Hearing Report (2nd Hurdle Follow-Up)
Thank you for contacting the
Environment Regulation Committee
before the hearing last month, and thanks to those
who made the trip to Austin to testify.
NEXT STEP: As the Committee
considers the bill,
we need to re-enforce our position for
HB 1473. Please
contact the Committee. Thank them
for their consideration of HB1473, let
them know deposits are a
positive incentive to recycle and would
not influence your purchase decisions
nor would it be inconvenient to recycle
these containers. Our state
recycles only 24% of containers sold,
the balance are in landfills, on our
roads and in our waterways. Let's make
Texas first on the Gulf to pass deposit
legislation with HB 1473.
One Nickel at a Time
It is so simple, it's a wonder Texas' schools have not been allowed to do this all along. A statewide program supporting a 5 cent REFUNDABLE deposit on beverage
School Collects "Mock Refunds" for Container Drive
Elementary school students in Spring Texas carried bags full of empty beverage containers out to the recycling truck, and proceeds back into the school! Through a pilot program sponsored by the Texas Bottle Bill, designed to demonstrate how refundable deposits could help school funding, the school's PTO earned five cents for each empty beverage container the students produced. After collecting empty drink containers for nearly a month, they turned in more than 24,000 containers for recycling! The effort earned the school's PTO a check for $1,213. This kind of fundraiser could be held at every school in Texas if the state enacts refundable deposits on beverage containers.
From Street to Stream
With 17 billion beverage containers being sold in Texas and only 4 billion being recycled, there is no better way to prevent the containers from polluting
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Texas Bottle Bill In the News
Drink Up: New Bill Would Give You Cash Back For Empties — HB 1473 introduced by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, calls for cash incentives to encourage recycling beverage containers. State Senator Rodney Ellis introduced the same bill into the senate. (StateImpact Texas, Feb 22, 2013)
Burchett Students Awarded Check for Recycling 24,000 Containers — Spring ISD students demonstrated "recycling pays" thanks to their work and a generous support of the Texas Bottle Bill team. (Spring ISD News, Jan 29, 2013)
We are Making News — In the recent trip through northeast Texas, the Texas BottleMobile garnered attention from many news organizations. A sample can be see at: Sabine County Reporter, Shelby County Today, the Toledo Chronicle.
Shelby County Supports the Texas Bottle Bill — Shelby County adopted a resolution authorizing support for passage of State Legislation establishing refundable deposits. (Shelby County Today, Aug 14, 2012)
Junking up Our Highways — Plastics, metal and glass make up nearly 30% of the roadside litter. (USA Today Jun 2012)
Industry Related News
This Sculpture Is a Piece of Garbage -- Intentionally — In honor of Earth Day Houston, Air Alliance commissioned a sculpture that represents bottle pollution in our waterways. The result is called NOMO the Eco-Fish; and it's made entirely of garbage. (HoustonPress.com, Apr 6, 2012)
Everstrand Bottle to Carpet Story — Mohawk keeps tons of barely used, superior grade plastic bottles out of landfills by recycling more than three billion each year into EverStrand carpet. (Mowhawk, Mar 6, 2012)
Nestle short-sighted about bottle deposits — Nestle perspective on the recently released ?Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers? shows their stripes. (Plastic News.com Jan 20, 2012)
Reports and Reference Material
Recycling By the Numbers, A great visual for recycling in general. It serves as a reminder of how much is to be gained by a thoughtful recycling program like beverage container deposits. Deposits in place will stop the waste! (Why We Love Green Apr 2012)