Five statesâ€"Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois and Arkansasâ€"will be considering bottle bills in their state legislatures this year in a new political climate where the reality of plastics waste is more visible than ever before.
Officials in Marylandâ€"which currently only requires 15 percent of waste to be recycledâ€"hopes a bottle bill would bring that figure up to the levels enjoyed by the 11 states that have bottle bills.
The landscape is a lot different that it was even five years ago. There are many more beverage containers being purchased by consumers due to the introduction of new beverages such as bottled water. The containers are being seen more and more littered on streets and in streams and rivers.
Opponents to such measures are well organized and well funded and include beverage associations, national brewing companies, and the International Bottled Water Association.
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