Thursday, May 27, 2010

B is for bottles

B is for Bottles....                                                                  
Billions of plastic bottles......
  • It is estimated that  Americans buy about 25 billion single serve plastic water bottles
  • about 22 billion (about 8 out of 10 water bottles) are NOT recycled
  • “The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week.”James A Howenstine M.D.     A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work  (We won't even get going on the health impacts of soda!!!!)    
  • Oil is used to produce plastic; it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to make water bottles for Americans
  • Plastic does not biodegrade
  • The water, soda, and juice bottle are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator
  • Plastic bottles made of PET can be recycled into many useful things including carpet, fleece, bottles, kayaks, school lunch trays, and much more
  •  Only ELEVEN states have bottle bills, but no two are alike
  • Only THREE states, California, Hawaii and Maine, include plastic water bottles in their laws for deposits on bottles
I would love it if a national "bottle bill" or "producer responsibility bill" were enacted.  Shifting costs from the government and taxpayers to consumers and producers is what the country needs; if only lobbyists could be stifled and politicians would do the right thing and put a national bill in place.  There would be less litter, less resources used, and energy savings.  

The Container Recycling Institute has put together a handy " bottle bill tool kit" to help anyone interested in getting a bottle bill in their state. 39 more states need to take advantage of the tool kit to get a bottle bill in place, and 8 states need to take a look at the tool kit to get water bottles incorporated into their current bottle deposit bills.

B is for bottles....and's time we had a National Bottle Bill/Producer Responsibility Bill!!!


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