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About the Virginia Bottle Bill Organization

The Virginia Bottle Bill Organization was started by three dog walkers that were fed up with litter they found on their daily walks. Our concern for the environment, frustration over Virginia’s lousy recycling rates, and the production of ever-increasing mountains of single-use plastic and trash, made us band together to fight for change. Many concerned individuals, environmental groups, and manufacturers are fighting to reduce the use of plastic, and they all support the idea of a bottle bill. Still, none had taken the lead to make it happen. We are stepping in to fill this void. This may be a long fight. The lobby groups in New York state outspent the pro-bottle bill 100 to 1, fighting it over ten years. They eventually lost, and New York now has one of the best recycling rates in the country.

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Virginia Bottle Bill Organization is a 501(c)(3) entity.

Bottle Bill Virginia Leadership


Rick Galliher

I owned the Chantilly franchise of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for 18 years and have recently retired. I learned a lot about how waste is handled in Northern Virginia, especially how hard it is to recycle our common household items. I am a board member of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) and their Solid Waste Team Lead, a member of the Virginia DEQ’s Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force, and a member of the Virginia Recycling Association.

As a dog owner, I have walked my local streets for 20 years and have always picked up litter, seemingly every walk. It’s mostly single use beverage containers. As I talked to fellow dog walkers and neighbors, it was readily apparent that everyone is mad about the litter. As I learned more about deposit systems, it was clear that we needed a place to organize support for a deposit bill. An organized coalition is needed to prove popular support.

Mary Portelly 
Sr. Director of Operations

I am a retired Software Engineer/Veterinary Technician (had two careers). I love hiking and dog walking in this beautiful area, and am constantly dismayed at the amount of trash that people leave behind. I look forward to a time when there is more incentive for people to be more conscientious about where their trash ends up.