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School Collects "Mock Refunds" for Container Drive
Elementary school students in Spring Texas carried bags full of empty beverage containers out to the recycling truck, and proceeds back into the school! Through a pilot program sponsored by the Texas Bottle Bill, designed to demonstrate how refundable deposits could help school funding, the school's PTO earned five cents for each empty beverage container the students produced. After collecting empty drink containers for nearly a month, they turned in more than 24,000 containers for recycling! The effort earned the school's PTO a check for $1,213. This kind of fundraiser could be held at every school in Texas if the state enacts refundable deposits on beverage containers.
From Street to Stream
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With 17 billion beverage containers being sold in Texas and only
4 billion being recycled, there is no better way to prevent the
containers from polluting our valuable waterways. Asking folks to stop
littering has just created ongoing efforts to clean up after the tosser. Deposits will stop the containers at the front door! (Please share.)
News! Refundable Deposits Clears First Hurdle. Bill Filed.
have cleared the first hurdle! Texans are now one step closer to cleaner waters, parks, highways and
public lands! Senator
Rodney Ellis filed
SB 645 and Representative
- both bills "relating to water quality improvement and pollution reduction through beverage container recycling incentives."
This is very good news! The next step is in your hands. Make
sure your voice is represented, and NOT drowned out by the
forces of big money. Contact your legislators to ask
them to join on as a
1473 to support refundable deposits for
here for contact information for your legislators.)
We often see signs of poor recycling and waste management on TOP
of the water, but what's BELOW the surface of our public waters might be even worse. (i.e. See what the Comal
River in New Braunfels, TX used to look like.) Texas needs a better
recycling program. Refundable deposits on beverage containers
works in other states, and Texans can do it too! spacer
Good Look at Texas
This unsightly look at Texas was taken December 2 in Friendswood. The accumulation of wasted materials occurred in the days
after a tree fell into a local creek. We can't stop trees from falling over, but we CAN stop so many recyclable materials going into Texas waters.
Ask your legislators to enact refundable deposits for drink containers! (Click on the image at left for a closer look at this sad stream.)
Texas BottleMobile! Team
members, (L-R) Mary,
Mike and Patsy, are traveling the state to educate and inspire
friends like you! Track our progress on
Sad But True
tell tale signs of the problem of the current approach are all around
fall during a tour through northeast Texas, the Texas BottleMobile garnered
attention from many news organizations. A sample can be seen at:
Sabine County Reporter,
Shelby County Today, the Toledo Chronicle.
The Texas BottleMobile visited historic sites through out
northeast Texas and saw some famous landmarks. See the pictures!
Texas Size THANK
spotted a very welcome sight when we opened the latest edition
of The Bay
Area Observer. It is a notice to support the Texas
Bottle Bill! The simple message (click the image on left
to see it) is not just our name, it is shorthand for our main
thrust - to urge the Texas Legislators to enact refundable
deposits on beverage containers.
Click here to see why a
bill is necessary.
Bosque County! We salute you for passing a
resolution to support refundable deposits. In addition, we
want to thank
you for visiting with us at the Annual County Judges &
Commissioners Association Conference last month in San
Marcos. We met officials from all over Texas and enjoyed the
(Photo credit Leonard Lane)
cheers for Austin County!
the latest county to join our growing
list of endorsements! Our thanks to Judge Bilski, as well as
Commissioners King, Ottmer, Reichardt, and Rinns, for
understanding the positive impact refundable deposits will have
on their community. Welcome aboard Austin County!(Photo credit Larry D. Moore.)
Hats off to
They are the latest county to pass a
resolution of support for the Texas legislature to enact
refundable deposits. Thank you Morris County! The county seat is
Daingerfield, TX, and that is where we snapped this photo (at
right) of our
vehicle in front of the Morris County courthouse.
Tyler County passed a resolution in support of the state
enacting refundable deposits on glass, plastic and aluminum beverage
containers. Thank you Tyler! As shown in the photo (at right) it
was a beautiful day to visit the courthouse in Woodville, TX.