Should Vermont expand its bottle bill to include other beverages or should the deposit system be scrapped in favor of broader recycling efforts?
The public will get to weigh in on those choices at a public hearing Tuesday night in Montpelier. It's the culmination of a yearlong study order by the Legislature after contentious debate on a bottle bill law last year.
The current law-- in effect since 1972-- requires a 5-cent deposit on soda and beer bottles and cans. Advocates say the system has an 85 percent recycling rate and should be expanded to other beverages. But critics, including the beverage industry, say it's an expensive and inefficient system. They would like bottles and cans to be collected through curbside recycling programs. That hearing is March 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Vt. Statehouse.