SC bill calls for bars to recycle bottles, cans

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Bars and restaurants will be required set up recycling plans under legislation being considered by South Carolina lawmakers.

The bill going to a Senate panel on Wednesday requires bars and restaurants to come up with recycling plans when they apply for or renew alcohol licenses.

Camden state Sen. Vincent Sheheen says the plans can be as simple as taking a bin to a recycling center once a week.

Chief executive Tom Sponseller of the South Carolina Hospitality Association said it isn't fair to tie a bar or restaurant's alcohol license to recycling. He said businesses may not be able to find companies to take their empty bottles.

North Carolina has had a similar law for four years and it has been only state law requiring bar and restaurant recycling plans.

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