Lawmakers eye changes to Maine’s bottle redemption laws

February 28th, 2019 - AUGUSTA — State lawmakers are considering nearly a dozen bills to update Maine’s bottle deposit and redemption system, as redemption centers struggle with the impact of a 2016 voter-approved minimum wage increase. Read More

Updates proposed to Maine’s bottle bill include bigger deposits, higher handling fees

February 27th, 2019 - AUGUSTA — State lawmakers are considering nearly a dozen measures to update Maine’s bottle bill law, including legislation that would increase the deposits paid by consumers and the handling fees paid to redemption centers. Read More

Beverage recycling, Iowa Supreme Court selection need changes

February 13th, 2019 - As chair of the Environmental Protection committee I have the opportunity to schedule presentations to the committee on topics of interest. This week the committee hosted a leading national expert on recycling, Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, and Dr. Dermot Hayes, Iowa State Professor and Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. Read More

Can 5 cents encourage more recycling?

February 11th, 2019 - New York — There's a simple way to get people to recycle more: Pay them more to do it. Canny collectors have known for a long time that in Michigan, refunds for bottles and cans are 10 cents. Read More

Cuomo’s plan to expand the nickel-redemption program could upend the recycling business

February 11th, 2019 - Environmentalist Susan Collins was delighted when she learned New York is looking to expand its nickel-deposit law to include plastic and glass bottles containing juice, coffee and tea concoctions, plus sports and energy drinks. A redemption reward would ensure more of the materials are reused, she said. Read More

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