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No spot on Ohio ballot for bottle deposit amendment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans won't be voting on a constitutional amendment that would have mandated a refundable deposit on glass, metal, or plastic soft  drink, beer and malt beverage containers sold in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Thursday said backers of the amendment failed to obtain the minimum number of signatures required for a place on the ballot.

The amendment would have required a five to ten cent refundable deposit on the beverage bottles, as well as milk, mayonnaise, mustard, jelly, ketchup, shampoo, conditioner and lotions.

Corporations and hospitals would be required to recycle the containers, with 90% of the deposit going to help defray the cost of healthcare and insurance rates in the state.

Corporations failing to comply with the law would have been required to perform 20 to 40 hours of community service.

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