Caption: The Coca-Cola Company announced Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, it would begin to sell bottled water in the United States. The water, to be sold in a light blue plastic bottle called Dasani, shown in this handout photo, is expected to be available nationwide before this summer. (AP Photo/Coca-Cola Company) Caption Writer: JWE JEB Headline: DASANI Special Instructions: UNDATED HANDOUT PHOTO Byline: HO Byline Title: HO Credit: AP Source: COCA COLA COMPANY Object Name: COKE WATER Date Created: 19990219 City: ATLANTA Province-State: GA Country Name: USA Original Transmission Reference: AX102 Category: F Time Created: 000000+0000 Published in NYT 02/22/99 Published Caption: Coca-Cola will sell the new bottled water Dasani in North America. Published Credit: Associated Press
Michigan's 10-cent deposit on pop cans and beer bottles works so well that its creators want to add water and juice containers to the recycling program passed by voters in 1976.
But the newly revived effort faces potentially insurmountable odds in the Legislature, especially in the face of intense lobbying from grocers.
Because it took a ballot initiative to enact the bottle law, the measure can only be amended if three-fourths of lawmakers agree.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs spearheaded the ballot bill 32 years ago.
The group also could try to duplicate the grass-roots campaign but says it prefers legislation.