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Bottle bills work!

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Bottle bills (also known as container deposit laws) are a proven, sustainable method of capturing beverage bottles and cans for recycling. The refund value of the container (usually 5 or 10 cents) provides a monetary incentive to return the container for recycling.

Bottle Bills...
  • Supply recyclable materials for a high-demand market
  • Conserve energy and natural resources
  • Create new businesses and jobs
  • Reduce waste disposal costs
  • Reduce litter
  • and provide many more benefits

News and Updates

  • Hawaii fines OfficeMax and Genesis Today for bottle deposit violations June 26th, 2014 - HAWAII - The Hawaii State Department of Health has fined OfficeMax, Inc. and Genesis for failing to file semi-annual reports on their beverage sales between July 1 and Dec. 31 of last year as required by the state's bottle deposit law.
  • Vending machines let you exchange rubbish for rewards June 30th, 2014 - AUS - According to the City of Sydney, around 15,000 bottles and cans across Australia are thrown into landfill waste or littered every hour, instead of being recycled -- about 58 percent of all recyclable material annually. To help minimise this waste, it is trialling Envirobank "reverse vending machines" on Dixon Street in Haymarket and Alfred Street in Circular Quay.

Explore Bottle Bills

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If you're new to bottle bills or have some questions, these resources will help you gain understanding, from how bottle bills work to what makes them so effective.

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From the United States to Canada to the rest of the world, bottle bills are everywhere. This is also the place to find out about campaigns for new or updated deposit laws.



Keep up to date with the latest media coverage of bottle bills, including new campaigns, proposed changes to bottle bills, and public opinions.



Want to start a bottle bill where you live? Get facts and resources, and arm yourself against the opposition with the Bottle Bill Toolkit.

The Bottle Bill Resource Guide is an ongoing project of the Container Recycling Institute, dedicated to providing comprehensive information about beverage container deposit laws across the US and around the world.

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