Kansas senate considers bottle deposit bill

Kansas could join 11 other states across the country by implementing a five-cent per bottle deposit on beverage containers.

The Topeka Capital Journal reported that the state senate’s Natural Resource Committee heard the bill Thursday, which would cover cans and glass and plastic bottles, but not bottled water containers.

Supporters claim the bill could help raise the state’s recycling rate to 60 percent and save landfill space, the Journal reported, but opponents question the validity of those claims, and say it would create a burden on retailers to store the returned containers.

Currently 11 states have bottle deposit laws in place, and Oregon passed a similar bill that will go into effect in 2009.