Assembly Bills Aims to Ban Removable Bottle Caps


CLOVIS, Calif. — Detachable bottle caps could become a thing of the past. It is thanks to a new Assembly Bill likely heading to a vote this week.

If passed the bill would require all bottle caps to be tethered to the bottle by year 2020.

According to a group supporting the bill an estimated 5 billion plastic caps are left littered on the state land every year.

They want to put a stop to it.

At Clovis Recycling Center, they collect and recycle thousands of bottles everyday but bottle caps are left over.

On a given day hundreds are scattered all over the property leftover from people emptying the water out of their bottles.

With the new Assembly Bill 319 Owner Tyce Ferguson said the bill will help their productivity because they and the customers wouldn’t have to worry as much about draining out water.

“With the lid tether, if they leave that off when they throw that into their bag everything will drain out by them,” said Tyce Ferguson, owner of Clovis Recycling center.

“If we don’t have to blow them then throw them in the trash then it will help,” said Tyce Ferguson, Owner of Clovis Recycling Center.

Lawmakers said the caps are often found littered on public land and beaches and pose a severe threat to marine life.

“Those caps get into the sewage system, they make their way into the sea, one way or another, they find their way in rivers,” said Michael Maguire, Inventor of tethered Bottle cap “Thiscap.”

There is push back from the beverage industry. They said manufacturers aren’t equipped to make the change but some disagree saying adding the tether caps are a small modification.

“This is a product that we can transition in a one week’s time, it doesn’t cost us a penny more,” said Maguire.

Ferguson said he only sees the positive because he says more bottles would get recycled helping him and the customer.

“If we don’t have to blow them then throw them in the trash then it will help,” said Ferguson.

The bill was initially scheduled for a vote in the full assembly on Monday afternoon, but was not taken up. it will likely be put to a vote later this week.

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