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Mountain of Trashed Recyclables Coming to WV Capitol

September 10, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A small group of young volunteers is traveling across the country picking up trash. Davey Rogner with Pick Up America says they've gathered 140 bags of recyclables from West Virginia's roadsides. Next week they're going to march to the Capitol and build a recycle mountain, to push for requiring deposits on bottles and cans, he says.

"We're gonna divide into teams and march down the side streets of Charleston. And we're gonna meet up at the War Memorial, give a briefing on how to build the mountain, and then we're gonna go over and build it together."

Rogner says if West Virginia passed a bottle bill like other states have, the roads would be cleaner.

"If there was an incentive to bring these cans and bottles back to be recycled, I'm positive they wouldn't be on the side of the road."

The state legislature has considered a bottle bill several times in the last few years, but drink manufacturers have objected to what they say would be an increase in the price of their products.

Monday's event starts at Haddad Park in downtown Charleston at 11 a.m., and runs until 4 p.m. at the Capitol, with speakers and music. The bottle bill website is www.wvbottlebill.org.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV