Leave MI Bottle & Can Return Law Alone


Bottle & CansFor those not paying attention to whats going on in Lansing here is something we all need to keep a watch on.  Lawmakers in Lansing are considering revising the Michigan Beverage Container Act of 1976.  Michigan voters approved the deposit law in a 1976  and it retains wide support, giving people an incentive not to clutter roadsides with discarded bottles and cans. An estimated 97 percent of containers covered by the law are returned.  Michigan’s recycling rate of 97% from 1990–2008 is the highest in the nation.

Proponents of container deposit legislation have pointed to the small financial responsibilities of the states. Financing these programs are the responsibility of the beverage industry and consumers. Producers are responsible for disposing of returned products, while consumers are responsible for collecting their refunds.

In Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, and Massachusetts the courts have ruled that unclaimed deposits are deemed abandoned by the public and are therefore property of the state. These states use these monies to fund other environmental programs. In California and Hawaii uncollected deposits are used to cover the administrative costs of the deposit program.

The revised plan would offer options such as requiring all residential waste haulers to provide recycling, encouraging use of recycled materials in new products, and educating the public to generate more enthusiasm for recycling.  Retailers have long complained about being required to collect soft drink and beer containers from their customers for a 10-cent refund.

Michigan’s recycling of bottles and cans is not broken so why try to fix something that has worked extremely well for 37 years?  Though unintended, the bottle and can return deposit also helps in small part to those who collect the discarded containers who are poor and/or homeless.

If you feel that this part of the law on recycling should be left as it currently is, please contact your representative in Lansing.  A list of their information is provided here:

 

 

Website District Name Party Location Phone Email
Link 001 Brian Banks D S0585 HOB 5173730154 BrianBanks@house.mi.gov
 

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002 Alberta Talabi D S0586 HOB 5173731776 AlbertaTalabi@house.mi.gov
 

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003 John Olumba D S0587 HOB 5173730144 JohnOlumba@house.mi.gov
 

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004 Rose Mary Robinson D S0588 HOB 5173731008 RoseMaryRobinson@house.mi.gov
 

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005 Fred Durhal D S0589 HOB 5173730844 FredDurhal@house.mi.gov
 

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006 Rashida Tlaib D S0685 HOB 5173730823 RashidaTlaib@house.mi.gov
 

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007 Thomas Stallworth D S0686 HOB 5173732276 ThomasStallworth@house.mi.gov
 

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008 David Nathan D S0687 HOB 5173733815 DavidNathan@house.mi.gov
 

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009 Harvey Santana D S0688 HOB 5173736990 HarveySantana@house.mi.gov
 

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010 Phil Cavanagh D S0689 HOB 5173730857 PhilCavanagh@house.mi.gov
 

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011 David Knezek D N0690 HOB 5173730849 DavidKnezek@house.mi.gov
 

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012 Douglas Geiss D N0691 HOB 5173730852 DouglasGeiss@house.mi.gov
 

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013 Andrew Kandrevas D N0692 HOB 5173730845 AndrewKandrevas@house.mi.gov
 

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014 Paul Clemente D N0693 HOB 5173730140 PaulClemente@house.mi.gov
 

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015 George Darany D N0694 HOB 5173730847 GeorgeTDarany@house.mi.gov
 

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016 Robert Kosowski D N0695 HOB 5173732576 RobertKosowski@house.mi.gov
 

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017 Bill LaVoy D N0696 HOB 5173731530 BillLaVoy@house.mi.gov
 

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018 Sarah Roberts D N0697 HOB 5173731180 SarahRoberts@house.mi.gov
 

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019 John Walsh R 251 CB 5173733920 JohnWalsh@house.mi.gov
 

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020 Kurt Heise R N0699 HOB 5173733816 KurtHeise@house.mi.gov
 

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021 Dian Slavens D S0785 HOB 5173732575 DianSlavens@house.mi.gov
 

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022 Harold Haugh D S0786 HOB 5173730854 HaroldHaugh@house.mi.gov
 

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023 Pat Somerville R S0787 HOB 5173730855 PatSomerville@house.mi.gov
 

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024 Anthony Forlini R S0788 HOB 5173730113 AnthonyForlini@house.mi.gov
 

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025 Henry Yanez D S0789 HOB 5173732275 HenryYanez@house.mi.gov
 

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026 Jim Townsend D N0790 HOB 5173733818 JimTownsend@house.mi.gov
 

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027 Ellen Lipton D N0791 HOB 5173730478 EllenLipton@house.mi.gov
 

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028 Jon Switalski D N0792 HOB 5173731772 JonSwitalski@house.mi.gov
 

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029 Tim Greimel D S1122 HOB 5173730475 TimGreimel@house.mi.gov
 

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030 Jeff Farrington R N0794 HOB 5173737768 JeffFarrington@house.mi.gov
 

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031 Marilyn Lane D N0795 HOB 5173730159 MarilynLane@house.mi.gov
 

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032 Andrea LaFontaine R N0796 HOB 5173738931 AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov
 

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033 Ken Goike R N0797 HOB 5173730820 KenGoike@house.mi.gov
 

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034 Woodrow Stanley D N0798 HOB 5173738808 WoodrowStanley@house.mi.gov
 

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035 Rudy Hobbs D S1124 HOB 5173731788 RudyHobbs@house.mi.gov
 

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036 Pete Lund R 141 CB 5173730843 PeteLund@house.mi.gov
 

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037 Vicki Barnett D S0886 HOB 5173731793 VickiBarnett@house.mi.gov
 

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038 Hugh D. Crawford R S0887 HOB 5173730827 HughCrawford@house.mi.gov
 

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039 Klint Kesto R S0888 HOB 5173731799 KlintKesto@house.mi.gov
 

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040 Michael McCready R S0889 HOB 5173738670 MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov
 

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041 Martin Howrylak R N0890 HOB 5173731783 MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov
 

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042 Bill Rogers R N0891 HOB 5173731784 BillRogers@house.mi.gov
 

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043 Gail Haines R N0892 HOB 5173730615 GailHaines@house.mi.gov
 

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044 Eileen Kowall R N0893 HOB 5173732616 EileenKowall@house.mi.gov
 

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045 Tom McMillin R N0894 HOB 5173731773 TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov
 

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046 Bradford Jacobsen R N0895 HOB 5173731798 BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov
 

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047 Cindy Denby R N0896 HOB 5173738835 CindyDenby@house.mi.gov
 

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048 Pam Faris D N0897 HOB 5173737557 PamFaris@house.mi.gov
 

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049 Vacant D N0898 HOB 5173737515 District049@house.mi.gov
 

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050 Charles Smiley D N0899 HOB 5173733906 CharlesSmiley@house.mi.gov
 

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051 Joseph Graves R S0985 HOB 5173731780 JosephGraves@house.mi.gov
 

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052 Gretchen Driskell D S0986 HOB 5173730828 GretchenDriskell@house.mi.gov
 

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053 Jeff Irwin D S0987 HOB 5173732577 JeffIrwin@house.mi.gov
 

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054 David Rutledge D S0988 HOB 5173731771 DavidRutledge@house.mi.gov
 

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055 Adam Zemke D S0989 HOB 5173731792 AdamZemke@house.mi.gov
 

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056 Dale Zorn R N0990 HOB 5173732617 DaleWZorn@house.mi.gov
 

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057 Nancy Jenkins R N0991 HOB 5173731706 NancyJenkins@house.mi.gov
 

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058 Kenneth Kurtz R N0992 HOB 5173731794 KennethKurtz@house.mi.gov
 

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059 Matt Lori R N0993 HOB 5173730832 MattLori@house.mi.gov
 

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060 Sean McCann D N0994 HOB 5173731785 SeanMcCann@house.mi.gov
 

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061 Margaret O’Brien R N0995 HOB 5173731774 MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov
 

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062 Kate Segal D N0996 HOB 5173730555 KateSegal@house.mi.gov
 

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063 Jase Bolger R 164 CB 5173731787 JaseBolger@house.mi.gov
 

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064 Earl Poleski R N0998 HOB 5173731795 EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov
 

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065 Mike Shirkey R N0999 HOB 5173731775 MikeShirkey@house.mi.gov
 

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066 Aric Nesbitt R S1085 HOB 5173730839 AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov
 

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067 Tom Cochran D S1086 HOB 5173730587 TomCochran@house.mi.gov
 

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068 Andy Schor D S1087 HOB 5173730826 AndySchor@house.mi.gov
 

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069 Sam Singh D S1088 HOB 5173731786 SamSingh@house.mi.gov
 

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070 Rick Outman R S1089 HOB 5173730834 RickOutman@house.mi.gov
 

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071 Theresa Abed D N1090 HOB 5173730853 TheresaAbed@house.mi.gov
 

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072 Ken Yonker R N1091 HOB 5173730840 KenYonker@house.mi.gov
 

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073 Peter MacGregor R N1092 HOB 5173730218 PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov
 

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074 Rob VerHeulen R N1093 HOB 5173738900 RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
 

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075 Brandon Dillon D N1094 HOB 5173732668 BrandonDillon@house.mi.gov
 

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076 Winnie Brinks D N1095 HOB 5173730822 WinnieBrinks@house.mi.gov
 

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077 Tom Hooker R N1096 HOB 5173732277 ThomasHooker@house.mi.gov
 

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078 Dave Pagel R N1097 HOB 5173731796 DavePagel@house.mi.gov
 

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079 Al Pscholka R N1098 HOB 5173731403 AlPscholka@house.mi.gov
 

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080 Bob Genetski R N1099 HOB 5173730836 BobGenetski@house.mi.gov
 

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081 Dan Lauwers R S1185 HOB 5173731790 DanLauwers@house.mi.gov
 

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082 Kevin Daley R S1186 HOB 5173731800 KevinDaley@house.mi.gov
 

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083 Paul Muxlow R S1187 HOB 5173730835 PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov
 

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084 Terry Brown D S1188 HOB 5173730476 TerryBrown@house.mi.gov
 

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085 Ben Glardon R S1189 HOB 5173730841 BenGlardon@house.mi.gov
 

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086 Lisa Posthumus Lyons R N1190 HOB 5173730846 LisaLyons@house.mi.gov
 

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087 Mike Callton R N1191 HOB 5173730842 MikeCallton@house.mi.gov
 

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088 Roger Victory R N1192 HOB 5173731830 RogerVictory@house.mi.gov
 

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089 Amanda Price R N1193 HOB 5173730838 AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov
 

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090 Joe Haveman R 351 CB 5173730830 JosephHaveman@house.mi.gov
 

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091 Collene Lamonte D N1195 HOB 5173733436 ColleneLamonte@house.mi.gov
 

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092 Marcia Hovey-Wright D N1196 HOB 5173732646 MarciaHoveyWright@house.mi.gov
 

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093 Tom Leonard R N1197 HOB 5173731778 TomLeonard@house.mi.gov
 

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094 Tim Kelly R N1198 HOB 5173730837 TimKelly@house.mi.gov
 

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095 Stacy Oakes D N1199 HOB 5173730152 StacyErwinOakes@house.mi.gov
 

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096 Charles Brunner D S1285 HOB 5173730158 CharlesBrunner@house.mi.gov
 

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097 Joel Johnson R S1286 HOB 5173738962 JoelJohnson@house.mi.gov
 

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098 Jim Stamas R 153 CB 5173731791 JimStamas@house.mi.gov
 

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099 Kevin Cotter R S1288 HOB 5173731789 KevinCotter@house.mi.gov
 

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100 Jon Bumstead R S1289 HOB 5173737317 JonBumstead@house.mi.gov
 

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101 Ray Franz R S1385 HOB 5173730825 RayFranz@house.mi.gov
 

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102 Phil Potvin R S1386 HOB 5173731747 PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov
 

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103 Bruce Rendon R S1387 HOB 5173733817 BruceRendon@house.mi.gov
 

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104 Wayne Schmidt R 374 CB 5173731766 WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov
 

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105 Greg MacMaster R S1389 HOB 5173730829 GregMacMaster@house.mi.gov
 

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106 Peter Pettalia R S1485 HOB 5173730833 PeterPettalia@house.mi.gov
 

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107 Frank Foster R S1486 HOB 5173732629 FrankFoster@house.mi.gov
 

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108 Ed McBroom R S1487 HOB 5173730156 EdMcBroom@house.mi.gov
 

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109 John Kivela D S1488 HOB 5173730498 JohnKivela@house.mi.gov
 

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110 Scott Dianda D S1489 HOB 5173730850 ScottDianda@house.mi.gov

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