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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:

 

 

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Link001Brian BanksDS0585 HOB5173730154BrianBanks@house.mi.gov
 

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002Alberta TalabiDS0586 HOB5173731776AlbertaTalabi@house.mi.gov
 

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003John OlumbaDS0587 HOB5173730144JohnOlumba@house.mi.gov
 

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004Rose Mary RobinsonDS0588 HOB5173731008RoseMaryRobinson@house.mi.gov
 

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005Fred DurhalDS0589 HOB5173730844FredDurhal@house.mi.gov
 

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006Rashida TlaibDS0685 HOB5173730823RashidaTlaib@house.mi.gov
 

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007Thomas StallworthDS0686 HOB5173732276ThomasStallworth@house.mi.gov
 

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008David NathanDS0687 HOB5173733815DavidNathan@house.mi.gov
 

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009Harvey SantanaDS0688 HOB5173736990HarveySantana@house.mi.gov
 

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010Phil CavanaghDS0689 HOB5173730857PhilCavanagh@house.mi.gov
 

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011David KnezekDN0690 HOB5173730849DavidKnezek@house.mi.gov
 

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012Douglas GeissDN0691 HOB5173730852DouglasGeiss@house.mi.gov
 

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013Andrew KandrevasDN0692 HOB5173730845AndrewKandrevas@house.mi.gov
 

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014Paul ClementeDN0693 HOB5173730140PaulClemente@house.mi.gov
 

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015George DaranyDN0694 HOB5173730847GeorgeTDarany@house.mi.gov
 

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016Robert KosowskiDN0695 HOB5173732576RobertKosowski@house.mi.gov
 

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017Bill LaVoyDN0696 HOB5173731530BillLaVoy@house.mi.gov
 

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018Sarah RobertsDN0697 HOB5173731180SarahRoberts@house.mi.gov
 

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019John WalshR251 CB5173733920JohnWalsh@house.mi.gov
 

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020Kurt HeiseRN0699 HOB5173733816KurtHeise@house.mi.gov
 

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021Dian SlavensDS0785 HOB5173732575DianSlavens@house.mi.gov
 

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022Harold HaughDS0786 HOB5173730854HaroldHaugh@house.mi.gov
 

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023Pat SomervilleRS0787 HOB5173730855PatSomerville@house.mi.gov
 

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024Anthony ForliniRS0788 HOB5173730113AnthonyForlini@house.mi.gov
 

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025Henry YanezDS0789 HOB5173732275HenryYanez@house.mi.gov
 

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026Jim TownsendDN0790 HOB5173733818JimTownsend@house.mi.gov
 

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027Ellen LiptonDN0791 HOB5173730478EllenLipton@house.mi.gov
 

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028Jon SwitalskiDN0792 HOB5173731772JonSwitalski@house.mi.gov
 

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029Tim GreimelDS1122 HOB5173730475TimGreimel@house.mi.gov
 

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030Jeff FarringtonRN0794 HOB5173737768JeffFarrington@house.mi.gov
 

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031Marilyn LaneDN0795 HOB5173730159MarilynLane@house.mi.gov
 

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032Andrea LaFontaineRN0796 HOB5173738931AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov
 

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033Ken GoikeRN0797 HOB5173730820KenGoike@house.mi.gov
 

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034Woodrow StanleyDN0798 HOB5173738808WoodrowStanley@house.mi.gov
 

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035Rudy HobbsDS1124 HOB5173731788RudyHobbs@house.mi.gov
 

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036Pete LundR141 CB5173730843PeteLund@house.mi.gov
 

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037Vicki BarnettDS0886 HOB5173731793VickiBarnett@house.mi.gov
 

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038Hugh D. CrawfordRS0887 HOB5173730827HughCrawford@house.mi.gov
 

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039Klint KestoRS0888 HOB5173731799KlintKesto@house.mi.gov
 

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040Michael McCreadyRS0889 HOB5173738670MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov
 

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041Martin HowrylakRN0890 HOB5173731783MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov
 

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042Bill RogersRN0891 HOB5173731784BillRogers@house.mi.gov
 

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043Gail HainesRN0892 HOB5173730615GailHaines@house.mi.gov
 

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044Eileen KowallRN0893 HOB5173732616EileenKowall@house.mi.gov
 

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045Tom McMillinRN0894 HOB5173731773TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov
 

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046Bradford JacobsenRN0895 HOB5173731798BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov
 

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047Cindy DenbyRN0896 HOB5173738835CindyDenby@house.mi.gov
 

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048Pam FarisDN0897 HOB5173737557PamFaris@house.mi.gov
 

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049VacantDN0898 HOB5173737515District049@house.mi.gov
 

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050Charles SmileyDN0899 HOB5173733906CharlesSmiley@house.mi.gov
 

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051Joseph GravesRS0985 HOB5173731780JosephGraves@house.mi.gov
 

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052Gretchen DriskellDS0986 HOB5173730828GretchenDriskell@house.mi.gov
 

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053Jeff IrwinDS0987 HOB5173732577JeffIrwin@house.mi.gov
 

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054David RutledgeDS0988 HOB5173731771DavidRutledge@house.mi.gov
 

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055Adam ZemkeDS0989 HOB5173731792AdamZemke@house.mi.gov
 

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056Dale ZornRN0990 HOB5173732617DaleWZorn@house.mi.gov
 

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057Nancy JenkinsRN0991 HOB5173731706NancyJenkins@house.mi.gov
 

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058Kenneth KurtzRN0992 HOB5173731794KennethKurtz@house.mi.gov
 

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059Matt LoriRN0993 HOB5173730832MattLori@house.mi.gov
 

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060Sean McCannDN0994 HOB5173731785SeanMcCann@house.mi.gov
 

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061Margaret O’BrienRN0995 HOB5173731774MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov
 

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062Kate SegalDN0996 HOB5173730555KateSegal@house.mi.gov
 

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063Jase BolgerR164 CB5173731787JaseBolger@house.mi.gov
 

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064Earl PoleskiRN0998 HOB5173731795EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov
 

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065Mike ShirkeyRN0999 HOB5173731775MikeShirkey@house.mi.gov
 

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066Aric NesbittRS1085 HOB5173730839AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov
 

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067Tom CochranDS1086 HOB5173730587TomCochran@house.mi.gov
 

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068Andy SchorDS1087 HOB5173730826AndySchor@house.mi.gov
 

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069Sam SinghDS1088 HOB5173731786SamSingh@house.mi.gov
 

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070Rick OutmanRS1089 HOB5173730834RickOutman@house.mi.gov
 

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071Theresa AbedDN1090 HOB5173730853TheresaAbed@house.mi.gov
 

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072Ken YonkerRN1091 HOB5173730840KenYonker@house.mi.gov
 

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073Peter MacGregorRN1092 HOB5173730218PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov
 

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074Rob VerHeulenRN1093 HOB5173738900RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
 

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075Brandon DillonDN1094 HOB5173732668BrandonDillon@house.mi.gov
 

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076Winnie BrinksDN1095 HOB5173730822WinnieBrinks@house.mi.gov
 

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077Tom HookerRN1096 HOB5173732277ThomasHooker@house.mi.gov
 

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078Dave PagelRN1097 HOB5173731796DavePagel@house.mi.gov
 

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079Al PscholkaRN1098 HOB5173731403AlPscholka@house.mi.gov
 

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080Bob GenetskiRN1099 HOB5173730836BobGenetski@house.mi.gov
 

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081Dan LauwersRS1185 HOB5173731790DanLauwers@house.mi.gov
 

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082Kevin DaleyRS1186 HOB5173731800KevinDaley@house.mi.gov
 

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083Paul MuxlowRS1187 HOB5173730835PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov
 

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084Terry BrownDS1188 HOB5173730476TerryBrown@house.mi.gov
 

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085Ben GlardonRS1189 HOB5173730841BenGlardon@house.mi.gov
 

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086Lisa Posthumus LyonsRN1190 HOB5173730846LisaLyons@house.mi.gov
 

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087Mike CalltonRN1191 HOB5173730842MikeCallton@house.mi.gov
 

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088Roger VictoryRN1192 HOB5173731830RogerVictory@house.mi.gov
 

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089Amanda PriceRN1193 HOB5173730838AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov
 

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090Joe HavemanR351 CB5173730830JosephHaveman@house.mi.gov
 

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091Collene LamonteDN1195 HOB5173733436ColleneLamonte@house.mi.gov
 

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092Marcia Hovey-WrightDN1196 HOB5173732646MarciaHoveyWright@house.mi.gov
 

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093Tom LeonardRN1197 HOB5173731778TomLeonard@house.mi.gov
 

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094Tim KellyRN1198 HOB5173730837TimKelly@house.mi.gov
 

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095Stacy OakesDN1199 HOB5173730152StacyErwinOakes@house.mi.gov
 

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096Charles BrunnerDS1285 HOB5173730158CharlesBrunner@house.mi.gov
 

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097Joel JohnsonRS1286 HOB5173738962JoelJohnson@house.mi.gov
 

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098Jim StamasR153 CB5173731791JimStamas@house.mi.gov
 

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099Kevin CotterRS1288 HOB5173731789KevinCotter@house.mi.gov
 

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100Jon BumsteadRS1289 HOB5173737317JonBumstead@house.mi.gov
 

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101Ray FranzRS1385 HOB5173730825RayFranz@house.mi.gov
 

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102Phil PotvinRS1386 HOB5173731747PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov
 

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103Bruce RendonRS1387 HOB5173733817BruceRendon@house.mi.gov
 

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104Wayne SchmidtR374 CB5173731766WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov
 

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105Greg MacMasterRS1389 HOB5173730829GregMacMaster@house.mi.gov
 

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106Peter PettaliaRS1485 HOB5173730833PeterPettalia@house.mi.gov
 

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107Frank FosterRS1486 HOB5173732629FrankFoster@house.mi.gov
 

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108Ed McBroomRS1487 HOB5173730156EdMcBroom@house.mi.gov
 

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109John KivelaDS1488 HOB5173730498JohnKivela@house.mi.gov
 

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110Scott DiandaDS1489 HOB5173730850ScottDianda@house.mi.gov

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