MACo Raises Diversion Concerns Over Bottle Deposit Bill

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, testified in opposition to SB 367, Maryland Redeemable Beverage Container Recycling Refund and Litter Reduction Act, to the Senate Finance and Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee on February 18, 2016.

From the MACo testimony:

The bill would divert valuable commodities from county recycling programs, provide only temporary fiscal assistance to those counties, and potentially confuse consumers who have been educated to utilize curbside and single stream recycling programs.

Knapp was joined by Baltimore County Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart.

An identical cross-filed bill, HB 862, will be heard on March 4 in the House.

For more on 2016 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.