I gave up buying drinks in plastic bottles as my New Years' resolution. So far, so good - though it's a challenge. I found out that recycling plastic bottles isn't as efficient as I had hoped, so plastic drink bottles are still pretty bad for the environment - even if you recycle.
The big problem is that even though more people are recycling, the uptick in recyclers isn't keeping pace with the uptick in canned and bottled beverages - 216 BILLION drink containers sold in the US in 2006.
Refundable deposits on recyclable beverage containers really help increase the number of containers that get recycled. Right now, only 11 states collect refundable deposits on recyclable beverage containers. If you're interested in a national bottle bill, you can sign the petition here.
7 years ago