Do We Need a Bottle Bill?
Click here to read proposed legislation that would establish a deposit system to encourage recycling of bottles and cans.
Water bottles especially seem to be an increasing component of litter all over Plainfield. Of course, the simple solution would be for people to dispose of the bottles in recycling cans rather than to drop them on the ground for someone else to deal with. Maybe the proposed 10-cent deposit would either make people more inclined to carry personal, refillable water bottles or not to buy so much bottled water.
I saw a sign once in the Plainfield High School library that listed among prohibited items "stylish water" and it struck me that indeed it had become stylish to have a bottle of water in one's bag or backpack. But many brands are not pure spring water, they are just municipal tap water from some remote town, probably no better than what comes out of our own taps.
The fad has resulted in a kind of "product placement" at meetings and forums, where it is near impossible to snap a picture of a speaker or political candidate without Poland Spring or somesuch featured prominently on the dais. Whatever happened to those pitchers of ice water that we used to see?
As kids way back in the mid-20th century, we used to collect soda bottles to turn in for deposit at the corner store, garnering money for penny candy. Plainfield has quite a few adult scavengers today who collect cans off the street to make money. Perhaps a deposit on plastic bottles would make them more desirable to street collectors.
Hydration has become almost a fetish in our society today. I see people drinking water even in church, as if being deprived of liquid for an hour or two would ruin one's health. Maybe the depressed economy will make people rethink the need for 99-cent water bottles on hand at all times. Adding 10 cents to the cost surely would raise awareness of alternatives.
Warm weather will undoubtedly bring an increase in litter, especially water and drink containers. Would a bottle bill help keep our streets and properties more clear of litter?