Pat Franklin's recent posting both compliments and
condemns the Oregon Bottle Bill Task Force for
its recommendations. As a Governor's appointee to that body, I
suggest that Pat reconsider her criticism that the recommended 80 percent
redemption rate in the Task Force's final report to the 2009 legislature
doesn't represent zero waste for beverage containers. Pat needs to do a
little research before making such comments.
Too many zero waste advocates see a
governmetally-adopted 100-percent no-waste goal as a
major achievement. In many cases, it is not. I've seen way too
many communities adopt such a zero waste goal, and then do absolutely nothing to
try to acheive it. Yet, in many of those communties, zero-waste advocates
claim victory, when in fact, they are getting snookered. Goals without
programs are merely words.
In Oregon, we aim to raise the mandated
redemption rate in steps towards zero beverage waste. The plan is to
attain the 80 percent goal, then raise it to 90 percent and require
that this level be attained. We'll then move it higher
again. That is a politically viable way of not getting snookered and
to realistically attain zero waste. In other words, we have a well-defined
strategy to attain the goal, and not just have the goal by itself.
I'd also encourage folks to read the
Task Force's final report in which the beverage industry and grocers have
agreed to fully fumd and manage the recovery system, at no cost to the consumer
or taxpayer. In other words, true product
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