Clarification on bottle deposits

To the Editor: The Opinion (community column) in your May 16 edition (Nicolas Occhipinti, “Michigan is a low-performing recycling state”) cited Michigan's very low recycling rate of 14 percent, and how that compares to the recycling performance throughout the United States and in some our neighboring states with rates above 35 percent.
May 21, 2014


Paragraph 3 of the (column) gives the impression to many readers we have encountered, however, that this state's mandatory bottle deposit law contributes a 16 percent recycling rate to Michigan. This is a misunderstanding, since the bottle deposit law actually contributes only about 3 to 3.5 percentage points to the state's overall 14.5 percent recycling rate.

Thank you in advance for printing this clarification to assist your readers. More information on Michigan's recycling needs and performance can be found at

Bill Lobenherz, president
Michigan Soft Drink Association



I don't see how a state by state measurement system can exist,by example in California returnables are returned to a recycle center and counted by the #.


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