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Lawmaker proposes expanding Michigan's bottle bill

By: Jeremy Carroll
WASTE & RECYCLING NEWS

June 13, 2013

A Michigan lawmaker has proposed an expansion of the state's bottle bill to include water, juice and other non-carbonated beverages.

Michigan has the nation's only 10-cent bottle bill, covering carbonated and alcoholic beverages in cans, plastic bottles and glass. The law was amended to include wine coolers in 1988.

Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, said the bottle deposit law has been one of the most successful advances in environmental protection in the state.

"With an estimated rate of return of more than 95 percent on bottles currently covered under the legislation, expansion to cover water, juice and energy drinks would amount to unprecedented environmental benefits in this state, where our natural resources are so cherished," she said in a statement.

Similar efforts to include water and juice in Michigan's bottle bill have failed in recent years.