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Maine Minimum Bottle Refund (1976)

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The Maine Minimum Bottle Refund Referendum was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved.[1] The measure provided incentives for the reuse and recycling of beverage containers. Only Section 16 of Chapter 739 of the Public Laws of the 107th state legislature was referred to voters, which was entitled "Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers of Beverage Containers." The intent of this section the measure was to make an incentive system for manufactures, distributors, dealers and consumers of beverage containers to reuse or recycle them. This included creating a refund value on beverage containers of no less than five cents.[2]


In 1979, an attempt was made to repeal the returnable container law in Maine. It was defeated.[3]

Election results

Maine Solid Waste Management Referendum (1976)
Approveda Yes 274,164 57.80%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Referenda Votes on Acts of the Maine Legislature 1910-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[4]

Shall Section 16 of 'An Act to Improve Solid Waste Management ' which Section Requires a Minimum 5 Deposit on all Returnable Beverage Containers, as Passed by the First Special Session of the 107th Legislature, become Law? [5]

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Other states have had similar measures on the ballot regarding bottle deposits:

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