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Bye bye to Florida's ADF

The grocery industry plans to say a not-so-fond farewell to Florida's 2¢ per container Advance Disposal Fee (ADF) come October 1. The Florida Legislature failed to act on a bill that would have extended the ADF for nearly two more years, paving the way for its expiration under existing law.

State legislators apparently were troubled by revelations that only 12% of the ADF was spent on recycling, what the fee was originally intended for. Meanwhile, almost 100 new bureaucrats were hired to administer the program, costing taxpayers nearly $5 million annually. The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), which had led a coalition of grocery and packaging groups, praised the decision. "Florida lawmakers and the general public, saw the ADF for what it really is...a regressive, confusing and deceptive tax," said GMA Manager for State Affairs Tom Lanagan. "Legislators in other states should recognize that consumers will not accept a deceptive tax as a silver bullet for solid-waste management needs."

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