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Fri., Feb. 11, 2011, 11:37 a.m.

Washington beverage container deposit proposed

Washington State. Sen. Maralyn Chase of Shoreline has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would require that all drink containers sold in Washington have a 5-cent recycling deposit.  

The bill, SB5778, aims to reduce the number of glass and plastic bottles and metal cans going to landfills by providing an incentive for collection and reuse, The Associated Press reports.

Sellers and redemption centers would refund the deposit to people bringing back the empties. 

One section of the bill also requires that the plastic rings used to hold drink cans must decompose or degrade within 120 days of disposal. 

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