|Nips and tucks to the Maine Bottle Bill|
On March 16, the Maine Legislature's Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-0 to reject LD 683, this year’s version of the bottling industry’s proposed rollback of the bottle law. This was the third time in recent years that Coca-Cola and others have tried to remove large containers from the bottle bill.
The President of the Container Recycling Institute testified that the beverage companies would make $4.2 million in increased profits over 10 years, while municipalities would lose $17.8 million, redemption centers would lose $1.6 million, the State of Maine would lose $770,000, and charities would lose $1.2 million from bottle drive revenue declines.
The committee also voted 9-4 for LD 56, which would add bottles 50 ml and smaller to the bottle bill, with a 15 cent deposit. Eight million of these so-called nips are sold annually in Maine, and the number is increasing.
Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017 (Archive on Sunday, April 9, 2017)
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