Ohio Issue 1, Bottle Deposit Initiative (1979)

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Ohio Issue 1 appeared as an indirect initiated state statute in Ohio where it was defeated on the ballot on November 6, 1979.[1] This amendment would have created a deposit system on all purchased plastic bottles and banned metal cans with pull tabs.

Election results

Ohio Issue 1 (1979)
Defeatedd No2,019,83472.43%
Yes 768,898 27.57%

Election results via the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Proposed Law
To amend section 913.99 and 4301.99 and to enact section 913.241 and 4301.031 of the Revised Code

This proposed law would:

  1. Require at least a $.10 refundable deposit on all glass, metal or plastic soft drink, beer and malt beverage containers sold in Ohio for off-premises consumption. The refund value and the word Ohio would have to be clearly marked on each container.
  2. Require retailers to accept returned containers marked "Ohio" of the design, size and brand sold by them and refund the customer's deposit. Beverage bottlers or distributors would have to accept the returned containers bottled or distributed by them and reimburse the retailer.
  3. Prohibit the sale of beverages in metal cans that have detachable pull-tabs.

Violators of this law could be fined up to $750 or imprisoned for up to 90 days or both. If passed, this law would take effect December 6, 1981.

Shall the proposed law be adopted?[4]

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