Michigan’s Bottle Deposit Law Could Be Going Away
The days of taking your empties back for the ten cent deposit might be coming to an end in the state of Michigan. According to a report from WDIV, a legislator from Monroe, Michigan is proposing a new bill that would get rid of Michigan's 'bottle bill' to help boost participation in community recycling programs. If the proposed bill does pass, the state's bottle deposit law would end on December 31st, 2022.
According to BottleBill.org, Michigan's 'bottle bill' was introduced back in 1976 and was implemented in 1978. Currently, a person can get 10 cents back on many cans or bottles from soft drinks, soda water, carbonated natural or mineral water, or other nonalcoholic carbonated drink; beer, ale, or other malt drink of whatever alcoholic content; or a mixed wine drink or a mixed spirit drink. BottleBill.org says that the original purpose of the 'bottle bill' was to reduce roadside litter, clean up the environment, and conserve energy and natural resources.