MACo testified before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on beverage deposit legislation as part of a summer study of the bill introduced in the 2015 Legislative Session. MACo opposed SB 684, Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Program because in the long-term, it would have deprived counties of revenue from the resale of aluminum cans and plastic bottles that are used to support broad-based recycling programs for products that would otherwise make up the majority of the municipal waste stream.
As stated in MACo’s testimony,
Counties already strive to deliver successful recycling programs, to satisfy both public demand and State mandates. The sale of collected materials is a component toward paying for this service – but counties are obliged to support recycling programs through a wide range of general taxes and fees. By withdrawing the most marketable commodities (especially aluminum) from existing recycling programs (curbside pickup, single stream, etc.), SB 684 would orphan the massive infrastructure investment made in these programs, as well as oblige even larger taxpayer subsidies to cover costs for a reduced material stream.
For more information, read MACo’s written testimony and watch the video of the briefing, and read our previous posts, Senate Committee To Study Bottle Deposit Legislation on June 18, MACo Opposes Bottle Bill in Senate.