Who Supports Beverage Container Deposits for Tennessee?
Just about everyone!
Despite the challenge of convincing lawmakers to vote for it, Tennessee's proposed deposit-return legislation has extraordinarily high support among Tennesseans—more than 80 percent, according to two reliable public-opinion polling services. From farmers to teachers to city dwellers to black to white and young and old, the vast majority of folks just get it. And it's not just us. In states that have deposits, public support is essentially the same, even states that have widespread access to curbside recycling. In spite of aggressive, constant efforts by opponents to weaken or kill bottle bills in the U.S., only one state program—the unusually weak Delaware law—has been repealed—while most of the others have expanded theirs to include more beverages.
And deposit laws are on the move. In just the last two years, Scotland, England, Malta and four Australian territories have announced or implemented deposit return schemes, bringing to more than 50 the total number of bottle bills worldwide. Far from being the dinosaurs that opponents would have you believe, deposits are finally getting the respect and attention they've earned.
Are you a supporter? Let us know!
If you, your business, your church or your organization supports a Tennessee deposit law, please let us know and we'll add your endorsement to the appropriate category below. You can email us your support (firstname.lastname@example.org), sign up via our Get Involved page, or click here to download and print an an endorsement form. If you serve on your county commission or city council, ask them to support the resolution. We'll be more than happy to provide information, speakers and other resources to educate your colleagues.