Do you have to pay a refundable deposit on bottles and cans?

@dragon54u (31607)
United States
August 2, 2008 8:17am CST
I think it's a good idea. Michigan charges a small deposit per can or bottle that you get back when you turn them in, and you rarely see those things littering the sidewalks or countryside. In Arizona, there is no deposit and when you travel the freeways the sides of the roads are littered with bottle and cans that people toss from the cars. We don't have a deposit here in Ohio, but I don't see a lot of litter from cans and bottles. I probably wouldn't see any if we had a deposit. I remember picking up pop bottles as a child (no cans back then!) and turning them in for money. Do you have to pay a deposit where you are? Do you think it makes any difference in the litter you see or don't see?
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• India
2 Aug 08
Its a good idea to take a deposit. Here in India too they take a deposit for the bottles but not for the can. Its really disgusting to see the cans lying around. Well those cans do fetch some money for rag pickers. I am more concered about the plastic covers of chocolates and other stuffs which will be scattered all along the road causing pollution. What do you say about this?
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Perhaps they will have to charge for those, too. It's a shame that we can't catch those people in the act and fine them or force them to clean up after other people who litter. I don't know why people want to throw trash on the ground, it's beyond me.
• India
2 Aug 08
Well I think here in India people are more bothered about living and struggle to make a living for the day. They rarely have time to think about the nature. Do you agree with me?
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I think that many people are overwhelmed with just the struggle of day to day living and would care about the environment if they could take the time. It's usually the people who are well off who attack others for not caring about the environment. They would do well to see how they can improve the lives of average, struggling people and the environment would automatically improve. At least, that's my theory!
@tammytwo (4305)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think it may possibly make a slight difference. We don't have the deposit here in Missouri but should probably consider it.
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I think it does make a small difference in the amount of litter you'll see and it also helps those homeless people who need some cash. My sister created a program in her city that paid children to pick up trash in exchange for credit with which they could buy Christmas presents for their families. It became very successful and the litter was greatly reduced--plus the children could turn in cans for cash. The children got a big boost in self esteem from that, too!
@irishidid (8521)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Kansas doesn't have a deposit. I believe there was talk about it, but nothing came of it. I wish they would. They would rather that we pay them to make money. I'm not sure that all places are doing it but at one time they wanted us to pay a recycling fee. In other words we would be paying them to make money off of our recycling. I remember going on bottle hunts. Never lacked for spending change when I was a kid. I wish they would go back to the old bottles.
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It's not fair that you should pay while they make money. But I would like something done about litter, it's so ugly and can hurt the wildlife. Collecting bottles was fun as a child, we'd pull our little wagon and pile them up. It was always exciting to get paid!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Yes, we pay a deposit but I'm not sure that it makes a difference in the litter. I know that when I was walking outside all the time, I would collect bottles and cans and add those to the ones I recycled myself. It's an extra 10 cents per 2 liter bottle, I think 5 cents per smaller bottle. That's still not bad if you pick up 10 bottles. I pick up extras sometimes just because I know I'll get a little extra back.
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Love your screen name! I pick them up anyway, even though we don't have a deposit here. I hate seeing them littering the streets and alleys. I'd hate to see the houses of those people who litter, they're probably horrible and dirty.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
When I was in college, the canteen charged a deposit for bottles so people would return their bottles for their deposit. I saw it as a way of making more money from students and started an anonymous campaign which snowballed and eventually got the deposit removed.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Well now, that wasn't fair at all! I wouldn't have bought anything from them. I'm glad the students accomplished their goal!
@Fishmomma (11521)
• United States
2 Aug 08
California has a refundable deposit and people still dump bottles and cans on the beach. Its terrible just how many we find there. I don't think the deposit is solving the littering problem in my area. Its sad, as there are so many places to return them, but people can't be bothered to save the environment.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
They must have money to burn, then. Must be nice. Those are the kind of people who spend $4 a day on Starbucks and then whine because they can't make their mortgage.
@Mickie30 (2633)
2 Aug 08
No not anymore although I used to from a certain shop I went to then you got the money back so it was alright.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Money back is always nice but so is recycling. I think a deposit should be mandatory. If people want to throw them on the ground or whatever, there are a lot of people that can use the extra cash. At least they'd be picked up.
@shaggin (36291)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I think depending on where you live is what matters with how much trash you see on the ground. I remember about 5 years ago being in Ocean City Maryland and seeing they have seperate garbage bins along the streets to hold the bottles and cans. I do not think they have bottle redemption there. Here in PA they do not have bottle deposits. I live close enought that I go shopping for groceries etc in NY so I save up all the cans and return them when I am in NY and get the 5 cents for them. It works out well actually because I can buy bottles in PA such as coca cola etc and not pay a deposit and take them to NY and return them and get the 5 cents for the deposit so its basically free money. My husband and I used to go around and collect cans when we first started dating. It was a good way to clean up the streets as well as earn some extra money but it was gross because sometimes there would be nasty stuff inside the cans and then we would have to transport them to the bottle redemption places. I remember once when we had cans in my trunk and then went to return them my trunk had maggots all over. It was disgusting! I guess thats why you should clean them first hehe. So now if we have cans we obviously rinse them out first before bagging them up so it wont attract flies or anything else.
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
What's really disgusting is when you pick up a can to discover that someone's used it as an ashtray!
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
Hi there! Here in the Philippines only sodas in bottles have deposits when you buy. But not all stores requires deposits. People are just honest enough to return the bottles to the stores. Cans and other bottles can be sold at junk shops. Sometimes there are people who pick the cans and bottles from trash when consumers throws them. So there are few found in the streets. Me I have learned to collect them and when I have several already I sell them to the junk shop myself and earn extra money. Yes it somehow does lessens the trash especially if you can earn money from them. Ciao!
@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I think it's a wise policy. I used to collect cans to sell when I didn't have enough money and they certainly came in handy.
• United States
2 Aug 08
yes i lived in michigan and was there many years. it was a normal part of shopping to take bottles back in for the refund. that's all that i ever knew. then visitors would come from out of state and throw bottles in trash. i said why are you throwing away money. they were from michigan but moved away and forgot. i couldn't understand because i thot it was the same everywhere. now i'm living in missouri and there is no refund.
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@dragon54u (31607)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I like the refunds. It's like charging someone for littering because they lose that deposit. Then other people can pick them up and turn them in-hopefully!