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[greenyes] Hawaii Bottle Bill EPA Award Recipient
EPA TO HONOR 44 WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES
      For Immediate Release: April 21, 2003
      Press Office Main Line: (415) 947-8700
          SAN FRANCISCO   During the agency's fifth annual Environmental
Awards Ceremony in San Francisco tomorrow, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator
Wayne Nastri will present plaques to 44 western organizations and
individuals in recognition of their efforts to protect and preserve the
environment in 2002.

          "These groups and individuals have applied creativity, teamwork
and leadership in addressing many of the west's most pressing and complex
environmental problems," Nastri said.  "Thanks to their efforts, our air,
water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come.  The
winners set an example for all of us to follow."

          The EPA Region 9 Environmental Awards program acknowledges
commitment and significant contributions to the environment in Calif ornia,
Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and tribal lands.  Forty four groups and
individuals were selected from over 200 nominees received this year from
businesses, media, local, state and federal government officials, tribes,
environmental organizations and citizen activists.

          The winners and basis for recognition are:


      LOCAL, STATE, TRIBAL OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

      Hawaii Bottle Bill
      Suzanne Jones, Department of Environmental Services
      Gretchen Ammerman, Hawaii Department of Health
      Jeff Mikulina, Sierra Club Representative
      Hermina M. Morita
      Hawai'i became the 11th state to pass a container deposit law or
"bottle bill," and the first state to pass a bottle bill in 16 years.  The
Hawaii bottle bill will impose a nickel deposit on all beverage cans and
bottles except milk beginning in 2005. The deposits will be refunded to
consumers when the beverage containers are returned for recycling. The bill
also phases in an additional charge of up to one and a half cents per
beverage container that the state Department of Health will use to support
recycling.  If the U.S. could increase beverage container recycling from the
current national rate of approximately 40 percent to at least 80 percent   a
rate that has been reached in most bottle bill states   we c ould save the
energy equivalent of 42 million barrels of crude oil, or enough energy to
meet the electrical needs of 7 million U.S. homes.  Hawai'i's leadership in
reducing waste will breathe new life into the campaign to conserve resources
and make beverage producers responsible for their packaging waste.

      For the full story, check out:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/r9/r9press.nsf/7f3f954af9cce39b882563fd0063a09c/81a6
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