Litter may become a profitable business in Nevada.

Assemblyman James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas told the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Tuesday that AB429 would help cut down on trash he sees piled up in the desert. The bill would add a 5-cent deposit to bottles and cans of fizzy drinks and beer.

Consumers would pay the deposit at the time of purchase and get their money back when they return the empty container. Casinos and restaurants would be exempt if they have recycling programs in place.

Opponents say the program is burdensome, particularly for small retailers who will have to store the empty containers. They also say curbside recycling already works.

Ten states and Guam have bottle-deposit programs.

No action was taken on the bill.


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