Speaking of the war against aquatic trash, did you know that the state of Michigan has a 10-cent deposit on soda and beer containers? Their redemption rate is 97%.
We here in Massachusetts, still holding on to the outdated 5-cent deposit, have only a 70% redemption rate. I wonder if the fact that the State receives all unclaimed deposits has anything to do with keeping the deposit at 5-cents. Some reports show the state of Massachusetts receiving 11 million dollars annually from unclaimed deposits. It could be called a "lazy tax". We're too lazy to stop paying it and the state's too lazy to stop accepting it. It's time to be a dime!