Bottle Bill Faces Uphill Battle

By: Associated Press
By: 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.


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