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Beverage deposit bills

Idaho and Montana are considering beverage container deposit bills as a means to combat litter and recycling problems. In letters to both states, the Grocery Manufacturers of America said deposit bills are not the answer.

They are expensive and inefficient and can undercut more effective curbside recycling programs.

GMA told Montana that its proposed bill is too narrowly focused, creates unreasonable burdens on grocers and distributors, taxes consumers, creates an unnecessary bureaucracy, and does not provide for a comprehensive solution.

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