PORTLAND, Maine—A couple who runs a bottle redemption operation in Kittery are facing charges they stole more than $10,000 by redeeming no-deposit containers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts under Maine’s bottle redemption law.
Meanwhile, Peter Prybot of Gloucester, Mass., was indicted on charges of stealing more than $1,000 by shuttling out-of-state containers to Maine distributors. Prybot tells the Portland Press Herald he’s not guilty.
Each container carries a 5-cent refund and processors get a handling fee of as much as 4-cents.
The indictments allege that the Woodards and Prybot deceived manufacturers, distributors and their collection agents by passing off out-of-state containers as if they had been purchased in Maine.
Bottle redemption doesn’t pay, hello Newman..