Washington Ban on Non-Refundable Beverage Containers, Initiative 256 (1970)

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The Washington Ban on Non-Refundable Beverage Containers Initiative, also known as Initiative 256 was on the November 3, 1970 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have prohibited the sale of soft drinks and alcohol in containers not having a recycling deposit value of at least five cents.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 256 (1970)
Defeatedd No538,11851.28%
Yes 511,248 48.72%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act prohibiting the sale or distribution of beer or any other malt beverage, or of any nonalcoholic mineral water, soda water, or other carbonated or uncarbonated beverage (commonly known as soft drinks) for consumption in this state in cans, bottles, jugs, tubs, vessels or other receptacles not having a refund value of at least five cents for each such container.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 256 was filed on April 23, 1970 by Robert H. Keller, Jr of Bellingham. 188,102 signatures were filed on to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1970 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 26, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed August 27, 2013