September 16, 2019

Put deposit on milk containers

The cost of milk may well go up with a deposit policy but at the same time the quantity of milk containers in the state’s solid waste dumps would be drastically reduced.

Currently the environmental cost to the citizens of Maine for non-recycled milk containers is not included in the price of milk. They pay one price at the store, an artificially low price, and then by throwing away these fully recyclable containers the cost is shifted to an environmental one which is eventually covered by taxes when a new landfill is needed.

At a minimal extra cost to consumers, a deposit on milk cartons would eliminate a significant portion of our waste. Consumers would have to show a willingness to pay a nickel deposit for milk plus the stores’ cost to clean the containers.

Matthew Young Bar Harbor

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