Kalamazoo Lawmaker Introduces Bill Expanding Bottle Deposits
In Michigan, we already pay a 10 cent deposit on bottles and cans of carbonated beverages, a measure introduced 42 years ago in order to incentivize recycling.
Now, a measure to spread that deposit to most other drinks is being considered.
House Bill 5486 was introduced last month by Democrats Jon Hoadley from Kalamazoo, and Abdullah Hammoud from Dearborn; it would expand Michigan’s deposit law to cover all beverages, except milk, in metal plastic or glass containers of less than 1 gallon. The Detroit Free Press says that of all of the containers currently under the law, 97% of those are returned for the refund.