Bottle bills, which place a roughly five cent deposit on beverage cans and bottles, have long been controversial. Indeed to date, only eleven states have seen fit to pass them. Nevertheless, according to Environment and Climate News, a number of state legislatures including Illinois, Tennessee, and West Virginia are seeking to enact such laws in the near future. Proponents claim these bills reduce litter and foster recycling, but opponents note they burden consumers and businesses, undermine local curbside recycling efforts, and serve as a tax on the poor. With battle lines being clearly drawn, we can expect to see many government leaders soon popping their tops over these bottle bill initiatives.

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