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Re: E-M:/ New California Study on Scourge of Disposal of Bottled Water Empties

Enviro-Mich message from Steve Gutterman <sgutt@umich.edu>

According to the report, more than 1 billion water bottles are winding up
in the trash in California each year. That translates into nearly 3
million empty water bottles going to the trash EVERY day and an estimated
$26 million in unclaimed California Refund Value (CRV) deposits annually.

I'm not sure what the official CRV for water bottles is, but the above
figures work out to $.02-.03 per bottle.  For argument's sake, let's
pretend that it is a whole nickle--not much of an incentive to return
bottles and not much of a serious effort to counter the dire consequences
of all the PET waste that the California Department of Conservation's
report implies.  Instead of essentially asking consumers to appeal to their
individual consciouses and to please remember to recycle each and every
time they finish a bottle of water, why doesn't California make the vaunted
market system work, and  raise the CRV to a meaningful incentive, say $.10
or even $.25 per bottle?

Steve Gutterman 

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