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Council to Discuss the Maryland “Bottle Bill”

The bottle bill may reduce recyclable trash in our water stream

MaryPIRG, a Maryland environmental advocacy group will come to next week’s Council worksession to present the proposed “Bottle Bill”, which will be before Maryland State legislature soon.

Under the proposal, consumers would pay a 5-cent deposit on every disposable beverage container (glass, aluminum, or plastic), which they would collect when they returned the can or bottle to a “reclamation center” in the community. You can find more about the bill here in this Washington Post article.

Opponents of the bill argue that the bill may open up some unintended consequences that ultimately leads to a more expensive and more complicated recycling system for Maryland. Please check here to see these arguments.

The Mayor and  Council may send a letter in support of the bill or take no positions.

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