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Letter to the Editor: Bottle deposit increase urged

Editor’s note: The writer asked us to publish this letter that she sent to Vermont Gob. Phil Scott.
Dear Gov. Scott,
Once again I am out picking up roadside trash for Green Up Day. The vast majority of the litter is beverage containers (Twisted Tea seems to be edging out Bud Light in our area) on which the 5-cent deposit is an insufficient deterrent. The amount of the deposit has not changed since it was instituted in the 1970s.
I would like to see the deposit increased to 25 cents, roughly the value of 5 cents at that time. Maybe people would think twice about tossing quarters out the window!
Gov. Shumlin’s office told me the mandatory recycling law would address this huge problem. I don’t think it has or will, and hope your administration will move forward on this initiative. Thank you.
Alice Grau
Bridport

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