GLOUCESTER (CBS) – Maine’s attorney general said a Gloucester lobsterman is facing serious charges for recycling cans and bottles in Maine.

Peter Prybot allegedly made thousands of dollars bringing recycled cans and bottles from Massachusetts to a redemption center in Maine for the last several years.

Bringing cans into Maine is illegal because the state pays 10 cents per can, as opposed to five cents in the Bay State.

It’s an offense Maine’s government there takes very seriously.

“Distributors, the foreign among you, bear the costs of $8 million worth of bottle bill fraud every year. That’s a tremendous burden on local Maine business,” said the attorney general.

Maine’s attorney general said that cost is ultimately passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices.

Comments (6)
  1. KF4766 says:

    All the cans I have say that Maine has a 5 cent deposit.

  2. hackwannabe says:

    Sounds like a case Martha Coakley would prosecute.
    How many bottles and cans never get returned in Maine? A whole lot of nothing going on here.

    1. WER says:

      Hilarious. She WOULD!

  3. Deb W says:

    They pay 5 cents per can, 15 cents per wine bottle (w/ Maine sticker) and 5 cents per non-carbonated bottle (Gatorade but not milk. juice)

  4. sumu52 says:

    they must have nothing but time to watch this one guy for 2 years… What about everyone else who must be doing the same things and not being caught? I’d say this thing sounds a little wacked.

  5. Just sayin' says:

    another case of WBZ getting the facts wrong!

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