Bottle Deposit Bill Targets Money-Losing Litter
Posted February 20, 2007 8:33 p.m. EST
Updated February 20, 2007 8:34 p.m. EST
It’s an effort, he said, to help turn an expense into a commodity with commercial value.
The state spends nearly $16 million on roadside clean-up. Sen. Doug Berger, D-Franklin County, thinks the deposit system would be a partial solution to that budget drain.
“Cans, bottles, plastics—instead of ending up on the roadside, they end up in the stream of commerce because it's profitable to pick-up those bottles,” Berger said. The deposits would be collected at designated redemption centers.
A manager from a local vending-machine company told WRAL he would anticipates a short-term decline in sales if the bill were to pass.
Berger said drink manufacturers already have contacted him, and he’s expecting an uphill battle in the Legislature.