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Re: E-M:/ Recycling better than deposit law

I would encourage everyone to take a look at the deposit/recycling program in Nova Scotia.  It includes a comprehensive deposit system in which consumers get half of their deposit back. The retained funds are channeled through a not-for-profit organization operating at arms-length from the government and used for programs such as the province's bottle, tire and paint recycling programs.  A fairly significant amount of funding is generated for municipal recycling programs and redemption centers as well as educational efforts and assisting private sector initiatives, among others.

It shows, perhaps, that there are solutions other than the "either/or" options commonly depicted in Michigan.


Mike Csapo

-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Cubbage <charles.cubbage@comcast.net>
To: HAMILTREEF@aol.com; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Sent: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 3:17 pm
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Recycling better than deposit law

Happy New Year all,
It is interesting to see so many issue solutions presented as "either/ or" options.  Recycling centers are offered up as "better than ...." however, our recycling here in Van Buren Co is only if you drop it off.  Guess how many do that!!  Until one requires twps and cities, etc., to contract with waste haulers to do recycling, the suggestion that recycling is better than deposit, there will be less recycling not more.
And who said that deposit law wasn't recycling??????
----- Original Message -----
From: HAMILTREEF@aol.com
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2007 1:30 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Recycling better than deposit law

The Republican Senators Gerry Van Woerkom and Sen Patty Birkholz Nestle Ice Mountain supporters are pushing any diversion away from bottle deposits especially on their 5.7Gal Great Lakes water diversion containers.
Expanding the bottle bill is not the answer. Today, most of the communities in Michigan have curbside recycling where bottles, cans, plastic, steel, aluminum, etc., are collected. Our industry is calling for curbside recycling of all recyclables, including newspapers, and the creation of recycling centers where recyclables can be taken. Funding can come from what we call the Penny Plan, in which 1 cent is added to your grocery bill. Whatever small amount is collected will help pay for establishing these centers.

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