Bottle deposit return program could be coming to Tennessee

August 20th, 2018 - A deposit return program designed to drastically reduce the amount of waste in Tennessee will be proposed in the state Legislature early next year as supporters ramp up an effort to pass legislation that has been nearly 15 years in the making. Read More

The Bottle Bill Battle

August 10th, 2018 - What does that list of state abbreviations on your beer bottle mean? And why didn't New Hampshire make the cut? Read More

How much of our stuff actually gets recycled?

August 10th, 2018 - Recycling is not as easy as throwing stuff in the blue bin. China buys a lot of our recyclable trash. A little while ago, China changed what it would accept. It wants clean, well sorted stuff. And Americans are not very good at that. So today, more and more of what we put into our blue bins goes to the landfill. Read More

What’s the best way to get Americans to actually recycle?

August 7th, 2018 - In 2010, Pepsi set a goal: The company wanted to help raise the recycling rate for drink containers in the U.S. from around 38% to 50%. The company and PepsiCo Foundation spent $55 million on recycling efforts, from the Dream Machine–a kiosk that with rewards for recycled bottles–to support for the Closed Loop Fund, which helps cities implement curbside recycling. Read More

Our view | Bottle Bill rate increase paying dividends

August 6th, 2018 - While there are plenty of things that divide Oregonians, there are three pillars that unite us. We speak, of course, of no sales tax, no self-pumping at gas stations and the Bottle Bill. Read More