Audubon Texas supports implementing a refundable deposit on beverage containers in Texas that would provide a significant, positive impact to the state through increased economic activity, job creation, and reduced litter, according to a study recently released by the Texas League of Conservation Voters. The study, commissioned by TLCV and conducted by Jon Hockenyos of the Austin-based firm TXP, showed Texas would see 2,300 jobs created and $373 million in total annual economic activity in the first year of the program. By year 10, the jobs created would rise to about 5,300 and the total economic activity would grow to over $800 million. According to the study Texas could expect a reduction in beverage container litter of up to 80%. The full study is available online at www.tlcv.org.
Your support is needed too! The link below is to the online petition to show your support for this important step in Texas conservation. Two key Texas Legislators are engaged in this initiative: Texas Senator Rodney Ellis has introduced a bill, SB 645, which would implement a beverage container deposit program in Texas, and Texas Representative Eddie Rodriguez has filed the same legislation, HB 1473, in the House. Both legislators are watching this petition grow and following the signers comments.