Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 14, 2013

‘Ill-conceived’

Container deposit bill bad for state’s businesses

 Maryland businesses will take another hit this year if legislation is approved in the General Assembly to have customers pay a 5 cent refundable deposit on cans and bottles bought in the state.

While the bill, planned by Del. Maggie McIntosh a Democrat from Baltimore City, is touted as an environment measure aimed at increasing recycling, it will also have considerable economic ramifications for customers and businesses alike. The Maryland Retailers Association said in a statement the proposal would be a new tax on consumers and it called the measure an “ill-conceived, outdated and ineffective approach to encourage recycling.”

According to the Baltimore Business Journal the bill is expected to triple the percentage of cans and bottles that are recycled in Maryland to as much as 75 percent. Currently, about 22 percent of 4 billon cans and bottles bought in the state each year are recycled.

Although it is difficult to oppose efforts to improve the state’s recycling programs, piling on a 5-cent deposit on cans and bottles is certain to drive up soft drink and beer prices. Anytime prices go up on beverages or cigarettes, Maryland drives more customers across state lines to buy their products where the costs are not as great.

Deposit bills have been defeated previously in the General Assembly. This year, McIntosh plans to make the program voluntary in the hopes of having her measure win approval.  Retailers won’t have to participate in the recycling program, although McIntosh said she expects that many will.

That is another problem with the legislation. Some stores will add the deposit, some will not. Consumers, meanwhile, will be thoroughly confused.

There are other ways to encourage bottle and can recycling in the state. Senators and delegates should focus on those alternatives and once again scrap the deposit bill.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

  • Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members

    The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.

    July 16, 2014