OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 3, 2:10 p.m. ET) — An Oklahoma legislator has begun a push for a 5-cent bottle bill to include soda, beer and water.
Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, on a message on his website, said that a bottle bill in the state would be an incentive for people to recycle instead of throwing the plastic, glass and aluminum away.
A study was presented to lawmakers recently, something McCullough requested.
“There are still some details that must be addressed, but today's study showed this idea has great promise,” he said in a statement.
McCullough said where bottle bills have been implemented, the average redemption rate is 84 percent. Today, just 4 percent of containers are recycled in Oklahoma, he said.
The lawmaker said he would not support a bill that would force retailers to act as collection agents, opting for redemption centers.
“Modern recycling redemption models left the idea of forced participation by retailers in the dust a long time ago,” he said. “Today, there is definitely a robust market for recycled commodities and market incentives will readily generate a cottage industry of vendors who will accept the recycled containers and pay the redemptions.”