Our Mission

For 15 years, we have built grassroots momentum to pass a 5¢ refundable deposit on glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers sold in Tennessee, with returns to independent redemption centers. The need for this program has grown in recent months, with almost-daily headlines about the health and environmental hazards of plastic pollution, the pending closure of landfills, the mounting challenges to municipal recycling programs, the call for clean recycled feedstock by domestic manufacturers and the ongoing economic needs of Tennessee’s schools, charities and rural areas. The #TennCan container deposit proposal (AKA “bottle bill”) will divert billions of single-use containers from our landfills and waterways and generate millions of dollars for neighborhood businesses and community causes. Our empties are full of opportunities!

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