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Washington Beverage Container Deposit, Initiative 61 (1979)

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The Washington Beverage Container Deposit Initiative, also known as Initiative 61, was on the November 6, 1979 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have established a minimum five cent recycling deposit on soft drinks and alcohol containers.[1]


In 1982, a verbatim ballot question was posed to voters, where the measure was defeated.

Election results

Washington Initiative 61 (1979)
Defeatedd No517,17757.63%
Yes 380,247 42.37%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall a system requiring a minimum five cent refund on sales of beer, malt and carbonated beverage containers be established?[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsor Steve Zemke filed 164,325 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1979 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 21, 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 Legislature," accessed August 21, 2013