After years of trying to fix the bottle deposit/recycling problem, it looks like California is on the edge of moving forward. State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), has moved legislation off the floor of the senate that would blow up the recycling system and start all over again. “We care about the haulers, we care about the distributors, we care about the manufacturers; that’s all important to our economy,” Sen. Wieckowski said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the voters, it’s the constituents that we have our number one obligation.”

His bill would put those who make money off of bottles, beverage makers and distributors, in charge of recycling them. It potentially takes big money away from waste haulers and that has caused some concern, but there is agreement something has to change. Among those voting for the bill is State Senator out of Napa, Bill Dodd. He has passed a bottle bill of his own. His bill brings wine and spirit bottles into the program. “I want to shout out to the wine industry and the spirits industry for stepping up to the plate,” Sen. Dodd says. “What we’re going to attempt to do here is to have a product stewardship council so you’d have private businesses running the program.”

Sen. Wieckowski voted for Sen. Dodd’s bill as well and both say they can work together. There is another bottle bill still to be heard in the senate and another in the assembly as well.

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Author: Michael Finney, ABC 7 News