Deposit laws are currently used in something like 12 states.
The idea is simple. You pay the retailer a mandatory deposit of 10 cents per drink container (soda, mineral spirits, beer, water, etc...).
This is for cases as well. meaning your looking at an additional $2.40 for a case of soda.
They say this isn't a tax or fee but rather a deposit because when you return these containers to a redemption center you get the original deposit back plus 10%.
The 10% is 1 cent per container. Basically I think this is here simply so they can act as though it's a great deal for the consumer.
As far as I can tell these deposit laws have decreased the amount of cans/bottles being thrown into the trash. So obviously proponents of the bill will claim them a huge success. But at what cost?
If the distributor is using ten times the amount of truck power to move empty cans alongside full cans then you can easily conclude that's an addition to our greenhouse gas output. Not to mention it's going to require a higher cost of doing business which will increase cost more.
Also curbside recycling cost will go up because the waste management guys run a business and the amount of recyclables will go down per household due to people bringing cans to redemption centers. This will mean higher prices to offset those changes. I think every state with deposit laws have seen an increase in curbside recycling prices.
I just wanted people to be aware of this bill and to think about it a little. Maybe even get involved by writing a letter to your legislator.
Michigan has one of these laws, and has had it since the 70's. That was before curbside recycling was even an idea. I was never really sure whether it worked or not, although I will admit that while I was a poor college student, I ate well on Sundays after I picked up and returned all the cans and bottles from a Saturday night party!
Given the current use of curbside recycling, I don't really see the point. The idea in Michigan was to reduce littering and to reuse the materials in the bottles and cans. Supposedly that all happened, but it seems to me curbside recycling accomplishes the same thing. But what do I know . . .
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