Local Governments

Few entities have as much stake in sound, cost-effective waste management as local governments, because they oversee recycling budgets, approve trash contracts, even decide whether a landfill will close or remain open. Members of these bodies are among the first to hear complaints when litter piles up on such-and-such a road, or tires are dumped beside such-and-such a waterway. So it's no wonder that some of the strongest support for a Tennessee bottle bill comes from local governments.

Between 2005 and 2010, when the earlier version of the current bottle bill was active, 17 county commissions, plus the city councils of Norris and Oak Ridge, voted to endorse a 5-cent deposit on Tennessee beverage containers; 11 did so unanimously (see the map below). The Association of County Mayors also voted to support the measure.

In December 2018, with a new bill due to be introduced in the General Assembly in 2019, Shelby County renewed its support for a container-deposit program in Tennessee, by a vote of 10 to 2.

If you would like to pursue a resolution of support in your county, please contact us. TennCan will happily provide supporting information, including suggested text for a resolution. We can also arrange for a presentation to commissioners or put you in touch with supporters in your area. You can download a sample resolution PDF here or as an editable Word document here; local governments can submit an endorsement online here.

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