Virginia Artesian Bottling Company

Integrity, Quality Products and Southern Customer Service

 

Company Stand:

Sustainability

We strongly support the Brundtland Commission Report that: Our Common Future is sustainable only if we develop processes that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Since all of our packaging is fully recyclable, we promote recycling amongst our consumers and employees. Virginia Artesian Water also supports and promotes Virginia and U.S. legislation such as curbside recycling and container deposit laws that will boost overall recycling rates.

We are looking into programs that promote recycling among our consumers. For example, a combined system of curbside recycling and container deposits give consumers more opportunity and incentive to recycle. That is why Virginia Artesian Water sees an active role for itself in advocating for legislation that will boost overall recycling rates via expanded curbside recycling programs and container deposit laws that include bottled water and other beverages.

  • Only half of the U.S. population is covered by curbside recycling programs, a number that has not changed over the past decade despite the increase in PET plastic usage.
  • The evidence is clear that container deposit laws work. According to the Container Recycling Institute, consumers in states with container deposit laws recycle 2.6 times more containers than their counterparts in other states. Today, only 11 states have such laws, but they account for 60% of recycled bottles in the U.S.
  • Michigan, with a 10-cent deposit, has recycling rates of 97.2% (http://www.bottlebill.org/legislation/usa/michigan.htm). Unfortunately only four states include bottled water in their deposit programs (June, 2009).
  • A container deposit would be refunded to the consumer when the consumer brings the container to a redemption center to be recycled.  It is not like a sales tax that is simply paid to the government.