Benefits of Bottle Bills

Advocates of deposit systems have historically pointed to the environmental benefits of bottle bills including litter reduction and energy and resource conservation. In recent years they have also emphasized the waste diversion and job creation benefits of bottle bills. They further argue that bottle bills shift the costs of litter cleanup, recycling, and waste disposal from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers of beverage containers.

Bottle Bills...

Pile of bottles among dead branchesPrevent litter

Beverage containers make up a large proportion of litter, and bottle bills are very effective at reducing that litter...

waste can overflowing with wastePromote Recycling and Reduce waste

Every bottle bill recorded has increased recycling rates of beverage containers, which means decreased waste...

worker in a vest and helmet in front of bales of plasticCreate jobs

Many tasks associated with the collection and processing of recyclable containers have created jobs in the recycling and retail industries...

Receive widespread public support

Legislators, media outlets, and the general public, have all expressed overwhelming support of bottle bills...

Returning cans to an RVMEncourage producer and consumer responsibility

Bottle bills shift the responsibility for cleaning up waste to beverage producers and consumers.

dollar bills and coinsProvide financial incentives for recycling

The collection of a refund is a powerful motivation for returning beverage containers to be recycled...

aluminum can, plastic bottle, glass bottleHelp the Environment

Bottle bills are an effective means to ensure that the environmental impacts of beverage containers are minimized...

empty blue recycling binComplement curbside recycling

Studies show that deposit systems in conjunction with municipal recycling programs make for very efficient recycling systems...

glass bottlesProduce high-quality recyclable materials

Containers collected through bottle bills are cleaner, less often broken, and more liikely to be made into new containers...

woman and a boy dumping recyclables into a crate outsideCreate more opportunities to recycle

People without access to curbside recycling still have access to the benefits of bottle bills...

Bottle Bill Myths and Facts

 


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