Article in Memphis Commercial Appeal by Guest Contributor
This article is so biased and is so full of inaccuracies that I can't believe that any reputable paper would print it.
Here is an example:
"The bureaucracy that results from container deposit laws is so great, the report (from Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, a consulting firm) says, that states with such laws pay $4.24 per container recovered."
Let us only look at Michigan for a moment. In 2000 Michigan's bottle bill captured 3.871 billion beverage containers (See MI Dept. of Environment Report). 3.871 billion multiplied by $4.24 = $16.41 Billion dollars. The ENTIRE Michigan State budget for 2006 is $40.49 billion. So, according to this guest at the paper, 40% of the ENTIRE Michigan budget would be spent on the Bottle Bill. Does anyone else see a problem with these numbers?
I urge the Commercial Appeal to ask Marge Davis from the Tennessee Bottle Bill Project to also write a guest article for the paper.