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Governor to Submit Recycling Legislation
So he said in his State of the Territory address. Supposedly this week. That would be huge if it's implemented and enforced even if not 100%.
They need to do like they do in BVI grocery stores bring in your own bag or pay 25 cents for a plastic bag.
A system which the UK government quite recently implemented and which was quickly adopted by the BVI. In the last several years there are way more residents here using their own reusable bags than in the past and more are adopting the habit every day so things aren't stagnating where that's concerned.
Our local recycling is having trouble here in the states.
Most people recycle but the recycling centre is cutting back on collections. The falling price of oil is limiting the market for recycled plastics.
Companies are finding it cheaper to use "new" plastics.
As others have posted, I think that discouraging the use of plastics by the populous through education or $$ incentives may be more practical in such a small market.
"Many grocery stores in Europe have had a pay for bag or no bag policy for years."
Not quite. The first country to implement such a charge was Bangladesh in 2002, followed by South Africa, Kenya and a couple of others before the system was implemented in Scotland and Wales in I recall 2011. UK 2014 along with Italy, recently Germany and now Mexico and California have followed suit. The whole plastic bag routine only came about over the last few decades so now we're turning the clock back!
No doubt Mr Mapp will eventually come up with a proposal to implement it here and claim it as his own brilliant innovation! What may be a stumbling block for this administration is that in at least the UK, the money collected does NOT go to the government but stays with the store whose owners are encouraged (but not mandated) to put it to good use for the benefit of the community.
Vermont has been recycling bottles and cans since the 70's.
You pay a deposit at the store you purchase items, return empties to store and recoup your deposits. It served as a way for school groups and others to collect bottles and cans thrown away as litter to raise funds and keep their environment clean.
I drove by the new WMA facility in Mandahl the other day.
It looks pretty small to me and tucked into the hillside.
I have to wonder how well that is going to work if there are many people getting rid of garbage on any given day. It's right on the road with no parking designated that I could see.
I'd suggest that if anyone has items around that they've been thinking of getting rid of, best do your spring cleaning, now. It'll cost you later.
The price still to be decided upon.