Richard Chambers, left, exemplifies Tom McCall's statement about heroes being people who say "this is my community and it's my responsibility to make it better." Although Tom McCall became the public voice of the bottle bill and signed it into law in 1971, it was Richard Chambers who became frustrated over seeing litter despoiling the landscapes he loved to hike across. It was Richard Chambers who read a newspaper article about a proposed bottle bill in Canada who picked up the phone, called his state representative and got the ball rolling for this innovative idea. The story of Richard Chambers and the bottle bill is told in greater detail in Brent Walth's outstanding McCall biography, Fire at Eden's Gate.
"This is My Community"
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