ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Each year, about 15 million tons of garbage is created in the Commonwealth. Much of that waste that ends up in landfills could be recycled instead.
While recent numbers from the Department of Environmental Quality show efforts to boost rates of recycling are working, recycling is not as efficient as it could be.
Much of what could be recycled still ends up in landfills due to contamination, or ends up as litter.
A study by Longwood University found glass and plastic bottles, as well as aluminum cans made up over 21% of litter found in 2019’s International Coastal Cleanup.
One idea that could transform how that kind of refuse is handled is bringing a ‘bottle bill’ or a “beverage container deposit and redemption system” to the Commonwealth.
Ten states currently have container deposit legislation.
President of Bottle Bill Virginia, Rick Galliher, spoke with Good Day Virginia about the benefits of the “Bottle Bill,” as well as possible hurdles getting it passed in the General Assembly.
To learn more about the Bottle Bill initiative, click here.