THE NASHVILLE CRAYFISH
MAY 1, 1996
CUMBERLAND RIVER TRIBUTARIES
ISSUES, MEETINGS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS
PLACE OF PRIDE
PLEASE GO TO THE SITE "PRIDE OF PLACE." I NAMED THIS PAGE "PLACE OF PRIDE" OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE REAL SITE "POP" THAT DR. MARGE DAVIS CREATED YEARS AGO TO MAKE TENNESSEE BEAUTIFUL. NOBODY CAN ACCOMPLISH AS MUCH AS MARGE HAS DONE WITH THE "BOTTLE BILL" UNLESS YOU WHOLE HEARTEDLY BELIEVE IN THE CAUSE. EVERY YEAR THIS BILL HAS BEEN TWEEKED TO MAKE IT BETTER AND MORE EFFICIENT, AND TO ULTIMATELY MAKE TENNESSEE MORE BEAUTIFUL. SHE HAS QUIETED THE CRITICS AND LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED TO MAKE THIS BILL BETTER THAN ANY OF THE STATES THAT CURRENTLY HAVE IT IN PLACE.
I CHALLENGE THE BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO LEG TO STAND ON. I ALSO URGE ANYBODY THAT READS THIS TO PLEASE VISIT THE "PRIDE OF PLACE" SITE, WWW.TNBOTTLEBILL.ORG AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. CALL YOU ELECTED OFFICIALS, AND TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS TO GET INVOLVED. "I VIC SCOGGIN, AM THOROUGHLY CONVINCED WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT THIS IS GOOD FOR TENNESSEE AND OUR HEALTH."
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP GET "BOTTLE BILL" PASSED IN TENNESSEE
THIS WHEELBARROW OF BOTTLES AND CANS WAS PICKED UP ALONG 600FT OF ROAD FRONTAGE IN CHEATHAM CO. TENNESSEE, IN 1 HOUR.
THE FOLLOWING WAS COPIED FROM AN EMAIL BY "POP" DATED FEB. 27, 2011:
PRIDE OF PLACE:
The comprehensive litter and recycling solution
based on a 5-cent recycling refund on beverage containers
Dear Friends of a Clean, Green Tennessee:
Well, it's almost March--If I don't get this update out now, the 2011 legislative session will be over. Please forgive my long silence; my excuse is that things have been wonderfully busy. Here are a few key developments, followed by a summary of this year's container-deposit bill:
- NEW SENATE SPONSOR. Though we lost our prime Senate sponsor (Doug Jackson) in the November elections, the 2011 bill is now being carried by his GOP successor, Sen. Jim Summerville!
- MORE OTHER SPONSORS. The bill has gained at least two other freshmen sponsors (both Republicans) so far this year (see sponsor list below) and appears to be regaining all of the returning sponsors from last year, though we haven't had a chance to meet with all of them.
- SPORTSMEN SUPPORT. Last summer, all Tennessee chapters of Trout Unlimited voted to support the bill and are coordinating with other sportsmen to make sure the bill passes.
- MORE VISIBILITY. Several newspaper articles have come out since last year supporting the bill--here is a great piece by Sam Venable of the Knoxville News Sentinel--and POP has been offered a booth, free of charge, at the Living Well Sustainable Marketplace at the Nashville Convention Center April 22-23 (volunteers are welcome!). And on March 15 at Legislative Plaza, the recycling refunds act will be one of many issues discussed with legislators during the "Conservation Education / Green Jobs Day on the Hill." Details will follow.
- ISSUES WITH CURBSIDE RECYCLING. Our position is that curbside recycling is a useful component of a robust municipal recycling program, especially to recover the paper/cardboard that comprises 30 percent of the municipal solid waste stream--but that many other materials do not belong in the biins. Several recent studies have examined the contamination problems related to single-stream (one-bin) curbside recycling, especially when glass and other containers are part of the jumble. The data and first-person experiences recounted by processors and manufacturers reinforce the case for collecting containers separately via a deposit program. Here's a link to one such study, which was based on some 60 earlier reports.
- GROWING ATTACKS VS GROWING DEPOSIT ACTIVITY WORLDWIDE. Owing at least in part to the persistence of deposit campaigns not just in Tennessee but around the world, the beverage lobby and other opponents have mounted an aggressive and coordinated effort to discourage new bills by killing off existing ones and replacing them with industry-subsidized curbside recycling. Last year, their efforts succeeded in Delaware, whose tiny geographic size, high population density and exceedingly weak deposit program (it didn't even cover aluminum cans) made it an easy first target. This year lawmakers in Vermont, Iowa and Maine have agreed to introduce similar repeal-plus-curbside legislation. However, all three of these repeal efforts are meeting with stiff resistance from citizens, manufacturers and lawmakers alike, and we consider it a long shot that they will pass; on the contrary, the Iowa and Vermont bills could respond by expanding their programs to include water and other noncarbonated beverages. And even though we are now, predictably, having to deal with the opposition-manufactured rumor that "bottle bills are being repealed everywhere," the real trend is just the opposite. Only two deposit programs have ever been repealed in the entire WORLD (Delaware and the city of Columbia Missouri, 9 years ago), while in the past decade we've seen 7 new programs enacted, from Hawaii to Israel to Australia, another 5 expanded to include more beverage types, and new deposit legislation introduced in at least 30 U.S. states, 12 of which (including us) are currently active.
- MORE COUNTY COMMISSION ENDORSEMENTS. To date, 17 county commissions have voted to endorse Tennessee's deposit bill, while only one, Greene, has voted against--and this, we are quite sure, reflected a new strategy by the opposition industries to target county commissioners in advance of any votes.
THE 2011 "RECYCLING REFUNDS" ACT
We're calling the 2011 bill the "recycling refunds" act rather than more loaded term "bottle bill"--but whatever we call it, here are the basics:
- Bill title: “Tennessee Beverage Container Recycling Refunds Act”
- Bill numbers:
- In the Senate: SB 337
- In the House: HB 289
- Sponsors to date--please send each sponsor a quick e-mail of thanks--click on their names to bring up their e-mail address:
- In the Senate:
- In the House:
- Committee assignments:
- In the House: CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE (must first pass general subcommittee; members are noted)
- In the Senate: ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION & TOURISM COMMITTEE
- Key features:
- Deposit applies to glass, plastic and aluminum; beer, soda, water, juices, teas, coffees, energy drinks, etc.—roughly 4.5 billion containers annually
- Projected redemption rate is 85 percent (current recycling rate is 10 percent)
- Returns are to certified “redemption centers” only--not to the retailer
- Redemption centers (storefront, mobile, portable, electronic, etc.) can be owned by individuals, stores, scrap yards, recyclers, nonprofits, local governments
- Redemption centers sell the sorted, compacted containers directly to scrap buyers and keep the revenue; they also receive an “overhead allowance” out of the unclaimed deposits (1 cent per container)
- Redemption centers can accept and sell non-deposit recyclables (newspaper, milk jugs, etc.)
- Tennessee's existing litter program continues--and it continues to be funded by the beverage distributors, via a small tax (1/8 cent per container) that is equivalent to what they are already paying
The only things we're asking you to do right now are:
- E-mail the bill's sponsors and thank them for their support.
- Contact me if you are represented by any of the committee members who are not already sponsoring the bill. We are trying to coordinate our efforts carefully in order to ensure passage.
Pride of Place/Tennessee Bottle Bill Project
A Project of Scenic Tennessee, Inc.
45 Burris Court
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
home (615) 758-8647
fax (615) 754-0966
cell (615) 294-2651