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Deposit Measure "Bottled Up" in Committee

The bottle bill requiring a 10 cent deposit on bottles and pop cans went fizzled out Tuesday night in Parkersburg City Council, however it will be looked at by a public works committee.

Supporters say the deposit would help fund community recycling programs, and keep containers out of roadsides and landfills, but others say Parkersburg's $1.6 million recycling facility wouldn't be equipped for the program.

Many agree valley residents will cross the river to dodge the deposit. West Virginia citizen's action group says west Virginians use over 1 billion containers each year. More than half of them end up in landfills or along roads.

Statistics released at Tuesday's Parkersburg's City Council meeting reveal 47 percent of Parkersburg residents recycle only four percent do in Wood County.


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