N.H. house rejects bottle tax proposal

The New Hampshire House of Representatives  voted down a proposal Wednesday that would have added a one-cent tax on beverage containers, the Associated Press reported.

The bill would have levied the tax on beverage wholesalers, and created exemptions for milk, baby formula, wine and liquor, the AP reported.

Supporters said the small fee would pay for trash and recycling efforts by the state and communities.

Opponents of the bill, the AP said, called the tax on the beverage industry unfair because its products are more likely to be recycled than many others. They added that the tax could put New Hampshire at a competitive disadvantage.

New Hampshire charges neither a tax nor a deposit on beverages, and John Dumas, president of the New Hampshire Grocers Association testified that 40 percent of grocers’ sales in the state are to nonresidents.