Md. bill aimed at lifting UBC recycling rates

Jan 15, 2013 | 05:35 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  scrap, bottle bill, UBCs, used beverage containers, Aluminum Association, Walt Clocker, Maggie McIntosh, Maryland Retailers Association Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — A new bill that sponsors say could raise Maryland’s recovery rates for used beverage containers (UBCs) to 75 percent will be introduced in the state’s General Assembly later this month.

The bill would introduce a 5-cent redemption incentive, encourage the establishment of redemption centers controlled by the county, and allow licensed retail stores to opt in on a voluntary basis.

If approved, the "Recycle for Real" program, to be introduced by state delegate Maggie McIntosh (R., Baltimore), would add the 5-cent deposit to the state’s existing curbside pickup program. Containers could also be returned to redemption centers for deposit, where beneficiators would clean, separate and sell material directly back to manufacturers.....

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