Please call your legislators and ask them to
support bottle bill legislation:
Senators and Delegates:
Write your legislators at:
The Honorable ___________
Member of WV Senate/House of Delegates
Bldg. 1, State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
You can e-mail legislators at www.legis.state.wv.us, or use the "Contact Your
Legislators" form in the sidebar
26,000 containers from WV Student
Sierra Club Coalition Deposit Day 2006 Photo by Vivian Stockman
Earth Day 2007 Litter Pick-Up
WVU Morgantown Campus: Beverage Containers In Clear Bags, Other Trash in
Photo by Linda Frame
Trevor Swan and Linda Frame,
State Capitol. February 5, 2008
HB 2814 sponsors are Delegates Fleischauer
(D-Monongalia), Manypenny (D-Taylor), Staggers (D-Fayette),
Talbott (D-Webster), Brown (D-Kanawha), Poling, M.
(D-Barbour), and Hatfield (D-Kanawha).
Magic Island Park
Charleston, West Virginia
A West Virginia Bottle Bill It's the Right Thing - It's a Jobs Thing!
West Virginians use over 1 billion containers each year, the majority of which end up in landfills or along our highways.
A Bottle Bill will:
increase recycling rates and reduce landfill tonnage
reduce overall burden placed on taxpayers and municipal waste management systems
save taxpayers money -
West Virginia spends $3 million/year on litter clean-up
reduce costs to farmers for damage to crops and livestock caused by litter
Allow West Virginia to join the other 11 states where Bottle Bills enjoy strong public support.
Help West Virginia comply with the West Virginia Recycling Act, which mandated recycling goals of 30% by January 1, 2000 and 50% by January 1, 2010.
Bottle Bills mean JOBS! A WV Bottle Bill would create hundreds of new jobs in our state.
The 2006 bottle bill does not require retailers or bottlers to handle empty beverage containers. Instead, it provides incentives for existing recyclers, Solid Waste Authority facilities and new businesses to collect them.
This means new jobs in EVERY West Virginia county.
Redemption centers serving a city the size of Parkersburg would collect about 13,000,000 containers a year, based on a 70% redemption rate, and would receive about $400,000 in handling fees. Based on the experience of other bottle bill states, this would be enough business for 2-3 redemption centers, each employing 2 full-time employees and 6 part-time employees for a total of 4 - 6 full-time and 12 - 18 part-time employees for that community.
Statewide, over 110 redemption centers would be needed to handle West Virginia's containers.
This means 220 - 330 full-time jobs and 660 part-time jobs.
Where would this money come from? The Bottle Bill requires a fully refundable 10-cent deposit be collected on each beverage container sold in the state. Once consumers return their containers, they receive their dime back. Money left over when consumers choose not to return their containers would be used to pay the handling fees and to create jobs.
Based on a container redemption rate of 70%, West Virginia would have $34,290,000 in unclaimed deposits each year. Redemption centers would receive $24,003,000 of these unclaimed deposits through handling fees. The remaining $10 million would be used to administer and enforce the program and provide money for years in which the redemption rates increase.
What Can You Do?
We need citizen and community support!
- Resolutions of support for this legislation have been passed in many WV towns
and counties (see list here). Talk to your city council or county commission and ask its members to adopt a similar resolution to support a statewide bottle bill. For a simple, one-page sample resolution,
click here (pdf).
- A statewide petition drive has already collected thousands of signatures in support of a West Virginia bottle bill.
If you'd like to download a blank petition,
click here (pdf)
- Contact Farm Bureau members in your community. They are natural allies on
this effort and may be willing to attend meetings and help collect petition
Click here for a list of county presidents.
- Hand out bumper stickers. (E-mail me if you’d like me to mail you some ~
- Take pictures of litter in your local community. The visual impact of
trash lining familiar streets or park trails brings our message home and
makes it hard to deny the need for a Bottle Bill.
- Write a letter to the editor supporting the Bottle Bill. Include the
website in your letter.
- Attend meetings in your areas (4-H, Boy Scouts, Garden Clubs, etc.) and
talk about the need for a WV Bottle Bill.
- If you are a member of a civic or community group or other organization, ask its members to send us a letter of support for a West Virginia Bottle Bill. We will add your group to our growing statewide coalition.
- For more ideas on how you can help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 304-346-5891.
Young Recycler Redeeming
Her Container, February, 2004
Deposit Day - Since 2003, WV-CAG, the WV Sierra Club, the WV
Environmental Council and other organizations have sponsored a Deposit Day in
February in the Capitol Rotunda. The event brings legislators, state employees,
media, and citizens to our booth where we “refund” recyclers 10-cents for each
beverage container they bring to us. We typically take in about 1,000 containers
(on why we need a West Virginia bottle bill)
Bottle Bill Talking
about Beverage Container Wasting and Replacement
Cans: The Global Environmental Impacts of Aluminum Can
Wasting in America
Ten-Cent Incentive to Recycle (pdf)
shows plastic bottle waste tripled since 1995; Group calls
on Coke and Pepsi to stop attacking bottle bills
Good Stuff? A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
Other Bottle Bill Links
Bill Resource Guide
Bottle Bill Toolkit