Mar 5 2008

Senate Bill 1408/House Bill 1829 mandates deposits for recycling of drink containers.

It will result in less litter along our roadways, less waste in the landfills, money saved on litter crews, and improved scenic quality of Tennessee.

Once assigned by the government operations committee, Senate Bill 1408 will go to the Senate Committee for Environment, Conservation and Tourism for a vote, probably next week. If approved, it will go to the full Senate. Once there, its chance of passage is deemed excellent.

Senator Raymond Finney is one of the key votes on the Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee and is apparently undecided about this bill.

Call Senator Finney this week and next week, 1-800-449-8366 extension 12427 and urge him to vote "yes" on SB1408 when it comes before the Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee.

For more info visit the Tennessee Bottle Bill Project website.

We Nasty

I have thought, for some time, to post something about litter here in Blount County, but just have not taken the time.
Every day as I drive around town I have noticed the huge amount of litter alongside our roads. Beer bottles, fast food bags and wrappers. You name it it's out there.
We are nasty or lazy or both, I don't know. I'm sure none of us progressive types would litter..... but somebody is.
We should not litter and should teach our children not to litter. Maybe we should report folks we see littering. It is ugly and we should be ashamed for tourist to see this crap alongside our roadways.
I litter.... but I litter behind the seat of my truck. I just clean it out periodically when I am close to a garbarge can.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tennessee bottle bill

This bill, in some format has been up several times over the last 10 years. Some how it has failed on the house floor each time. Just a note. So if you are infavor of it better call the legislators you know, not only the Blount County delegation.

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