So, yeah, looks like the General Assembly was so shell-shocked after considering cutting edge bills on issues like marriage equality, undocumented immigration, and gambling, they thought they’d unwind with a cute little bottle deposit-return bill to remind themselves of a simpler time.
Supporters of the bill, which would offer a five-cent return on “redeemable beverage containers,” say that it could triple rates of recycling. Opponents of the bill (which include a lobbyist for the Maryland Licensed Beverage Sellers, so take this with a grain of salt) say that curbside recycling — which tolled the end of the deposit-return era in the 1980s — actually works better.
Ah, I love these low-key political issues.
For more information on the bill, read the article in Maryland Reporter.