Texas Bottle Bill
On March 14, 2012, State Representative Coleman and Senator Ellis filed HB 2114 and SB 1119 respectively in the House and Senate, the Texas Container Recycling Initiative, a bill that will set a 5-cent deposit on regular beverage containers and a 10-cent deposit on wine size beverage containers. A portion of these deposits is used by the state comptroller to promote establishment of municipal recycling facilities and independent redemption centers. The bill will create a high incentive to keep our man-made beverage containers in the economic system and out of our biological and environmental systems.
Representative Coleman also filed the Disposable Plastic Bag Fee bill, HB 1877, which will add a 5-cent fee, paid by customers, for every bag used to carry purchases. This bill creates an economic incentive to use canvas bags instead of plastic ones. There is a provision for offsetting retailers' collection costs, and the balance of the receipts is to be used by the state comptroller in support of municipal recycle programs.