Aug 2 - Policy Makers Ponder How to Increase Recycling Rate

With recycling rates lagging since the introduction of plastic containers into California's deposit recycling program, many local governments are realizing they need to make it easier for consumers to recycle, reports Denis Cuff of the Contra Costa Times. Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, told the Contra Costa Times that something has to change:

"It's just unacceptable that less than half our plastic bottles get returned. There is an explosion in popularity of these plastic drink bottles, but more than half of them are ending up in landfills."

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Among the possible fixes: increasing the number of recycling containers available by requiring some of the biggest generators of waste, like convenience stores, to offer recycling bins.

CAW and the Bottle Bill: