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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 almost 20 years. This has nurtured an interest in the impact of the solid waste we generate, what happens to it, the problems it causes and how we can reduce our impact on the environment. A dog owner for all that time, I pick up litter daily – almost all of it connected to what we put in our mouths – and it bugs me. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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.