Recycling

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Arkansas could join 10 other states with refundable bottle deposits as the result of legislation filed Monday in the state legislature. Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff) is sponsoring the bill to introduce a Container Deposit Law.

The proposal would increase the cost of certain bottles by 6 cents. A refund of 5 cents would be available at certified drop-off locations. Flowers said the program could reduce litter on Arkansas roads, bring recycling to many rural communities that currently have no access, and generate revenue for a variety of state and local organizations.

Little Rock is launching a campaign that will encourage restaurants to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics like straws.

Some restaurants are already minimizing the availability of plastic straws and the city is taking note. Vice Mayor Kathy Webb held a news conference Wednesday to talk about the city’s initiative to reduce the use of plastic in restaurants alongside the group Plastic Free Little Rock. While that does include straws, it also includes plastic plates and utensils.