Total Annual Recovery (billions of units) Per Capita Recovery (units)   Cost to Recycle Per Unit
40 Non-Deposit States (71% of US Population) 38.2 191   1.25 cents
10 Deposit States (29% of US Population) 40.0 490   1.53 cents
 (a) Includes revenues from material sales; does not include the forfeited deposit value of unredeemed containers. Source: Table ES-1, “Understanding Beverage Container Recycling: A Value Chain Assessment Prepared for the Multi-Stakeholder Recovery Project ,” Businesses and Environmentalists Allied for Recycling (BEAR), 2002.