WASHINGTON - The nation's capital is discontinuing curbside recycling May 1, possibly opening the door for a bottle bill, one advocate says. Facing a budget crunch, Washington suspended its $3.7 million curbside program, instead asking residents of about 100,000 households to drop off glass, plastic, metals and paper at collection points.
Michael Hogan, president of the Washington-based Container Recycling Institute, noted the suspension ``is an open opportunity for a deposit law.''
The program was a compromise implemented in 1990 after a bottle-bill attempt failed in 1987, he said.
Hogan said the Washington situation is not a bellwether of things to come for other cities.
``D.C. is in an unusually bad situation,'' he said.
Adam Maier, clerk of the District Council's public works and environment committee, said the program could be revived if the prices the district charges recyclers for paper and aluminum are raised.