RUNNING HEADER: BOTTLE BILLS APPLIED TO NON-CARBONATED DRINKS 1
Bottle Bills Applied to Non-Carbonated Drinks
Environmental Science: SCI101-03
BOTTLE BILLS APPLIED TO NON-CARBONATED DRINKS 2
There are many different opinions regarding bottle bills throughout the United States, some looked in a positive light and others that strive to oppose this legislation for the last three decades. If the current bottle bills were updated to include non carbonated drinks such as bottled water, which is consumed in mass quantities on a daily basis it would increase awareness regarding recycling. The facts are overwhelming when over fifty million bottles of water are consumed in the United States and approximately fifteen-hundred bottles per second. If these bills had the ability to include other bottled beverages such as water, tea, sports drinks then the entire industry of bottled liquids would be covered. This information poses the question which makes you wonder why these bills did not include these specific drinks in the beginning? These bills were originally implemented in Oregon in the 1970‘s and bottled water was not even an idea or something feasible that would be considered to be sold in grocery stores. A majority of single serving drinks during that era were consumed out of a glass or a metal can, not plastic. Since times have changed dramatically and only eleven states follow the bottle bill, new bills are constantly being introduced along with amending the current bottle bill on a regular basis per state.
The bottle bill was originally formed in the state of Oregon in 1971 and became active in 1972, which was amended and updated in 2007 and with hopes to eventually cover all beverages by 2018 with exclusion to milk, milk substitutes, wine, liquor. The bottle bill works to where the state offers a return on every...