Consumers would pay a 5 cent refundable deposit on cans and bottles bought in Maryland under legislation Del. Maggie McIntosh plans to introduce during the current General Assembly.
The bill, which McIntosh will roll out later this month, is expected to more than triple the percentage of cans and bottles that are recycled in Maryland to as much as 75 percent. Currently, about 22 percent of the 4 billion cans and bottles purchased in Maryland each year are recycled, said McIntosh, the chairwoman of the House Environmental Matters committee.
The low percentage means that too many beverage containers wind up in the Inner Harbor and other state waterways and along the state’s roads, McIntosh said at a news conference Monday on the Inner Harbor waterfront.