Californians are a little closer to having cleaner beaches, parks and roads. A 1-cent deposit on beer and soft-drink containers is a little closer to becoming law.
A penny may not be much of an incentive for redeeming empty bottles and cans, but it is a start, and better than nothing. At stake is the proper disposal of an estimated 120 million cans and bottles.
For 20 years the California Legislature bottled up bottle bills in Sacramento. For 20 years the beverage industry won, the environmentalists lost and the litter grew.
At last a compromise, a penny deposit rather than the traditional nickel deposit, has eased the legislative bottleneck. The Senate has overwhelmingly approved the amended version of AB 2020, sponsored by Assemblyman Burt M. Margolin (D-North Hollywood.)