Bottle deposit return program could be coming to Tennessee

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / A section of Chattanooga Creek is filled with plastic bottles and styrofoam cups Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The creek was nearly impassible at a few spots where trash and debris had created a dam of sorts.
photo Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Styrofoam cups, plastic bottles, bags and other debris makes certain sections along Chattanooga Creek nearly impassible for paddlers Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The litter found floating in the creek can be attributed to a variety of things, including trash being tossed from a passing car, remnants from several nearby homeless camps, trash collected in the city stormwater system landing the creek and storms pushing the litter into the creek.

A deposit return program designed to drastically reduce the amount of waste in Tennessee will be proposed in the state Legislature early next year as supporters ramp up an effort to pass legislation that has been nearly 15 years in the making.

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