LeftieBiker wrote:I buy plastic bottles of water occasionally, and then reuse them for years, but I agree with your main point. Putting a $.25 deposit on them would accomplish much the same thing.
I hope that would be enough - $0.05 generally isn't:
CalRecycle, officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. Beverage containers covered under the act are subject to California Redemption Value (CRV), which is 5 cents for containers less than 24 ounces, 10 cents for containers 24 ounces or larger. Thanks to the CRV cash incentive, more than 300 billion aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers have been recycled since the program began in 1987.
At the very least, boosting the small bottles and cans to $0.10 each, and the big ones to $0.20 or $0.25 seems called for, given 30+ years of inflation. I'm going to contact my assemblyman and state senator and see if I can't get them to introduce a bill to increase the value, or preferably ban them. Aluminum cans see a much higher percentage recycled so I think they're okay, and are an element in any case: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/bevcontainer/Rates/BiannualRpt/JulyDecRpt.pdf
Originally, people used to buy home soda dispensers and bulk syrup and have their soft drinks that way, but the current ones are far too expensive.