NEW YORK An Indiana
company that manufactures glass containers is pushing state
lawmakers to pass legislation requiring refundable deposits on
beverages sold in recyclable cans and bottles.
Stephen Segebarth, senior vice
president of Muncie, Ind.-based Verallia North America, told a
joint meeting of the Indiana House and Senate environmental
affairs committees that the legislation would create additional
in-state jobs by providing discarded metal and glass for
companies that utilize used beverage containers to manufacture
The Indiana Recycling Coalition
(IRC), a nonprofit organization that advocates policies and
programs that advance sustainable materials management, is a
vocal supporter of the proposed law.
"The IRC is pushing for the
appropriation of $3.4 million in recycling grant dollars," IRC
executive director Carey Hamilton told AMM. "We
believe the timing is right to appropriate these funds. These
funds were frozen in 2009 as a result of the fiscal debt
crisis, but now, with robust state revenue forecasts, we want
to begin to invest dollars again with the goal of increasing
Indianas lackluster recycling rate."
Opponents of the bill say that
bottle deposit schemes generally dont work as
"The beverage industry agrees
with stakeholders in Indiana that recycling is important, but
what matters most is how we recycle," Kate Krebs, senior
environmental policy advisor for the Washington-based American
Beverage Association, told AMM in an e-mail.
"Container deposits lead to higher costs, more economic
dislocation and unintended consequences, regardless of how the
programs are designed."