Maine Repeal of Returnable Container Law, Returnable Container Question (1979)

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The Maine Repeal of Returnable Container Law Initiative, also known as Returnable Container Question, was on the November 6, 1979 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have repealed the Returnable Container Law, also known as the Bottle Bill.[2]


In 1976, a legislatively-referred state statute was approved that provided incentives for the reuse and recycling of beverage containers. The section of the law that was referred to voters created a refund value on such containers of no less than five cents.[3] The full text of the chapter of the Maine Revised Statues regarding beverage containers as it currently reads can be read here.

Election results

Maine Returnable Container Question (1979)
Defeatedd No226,68784.53%
Yes 41,480 15.47%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1910-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Do You Wish to Repeal the "Returnable Container Law" (Bottle Bill)? [4]

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