Recycling bill squeaks through Senate

June 3, 2011

By Sammy Fretwell
The State

The State Senate approved a bill Thursday requiring bars and restaurants to recycle beer cans and some other disposable material, which recycling boosters say will create jobs and save space in county landfills.

The legislation has several exemptions allowing bars or restaurants not to recycle if they can prove the cost is excessive or they can’t find anyone to recycle glass beer and wine bottles.

Thursday’s vote means the House can take up the measure when the Legislature returns in January for the second year of its two-year term, conservation lobbyists Patrick Moore and Cary Chamblee said.

“Bars and restaurants are where the highest concentrations of recyclable materials are,’’ Moore said. “It’s the low-hanging fruit in terms of how to expand recycling in South Carolina.’’

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