Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Bottle bills have historically enjoyed widespread public support on a statewide and national level. New bottle bills receive much public favor (see the table), and most respondents to statewide polls supported expansion of their existing deposit laws (see the graph).

PlaceYearHighlighted ResultsMore info.
Tennessee 2008 36.8% of respondents supported a bottle bill in Tennessee; 44.4% strongly supported it. Responses to question 3 [PDF,253kb]
Nationwide 2007 Recycling coordinators cited a national bottle bill as a way to increase municipal recycling rates Report [PDF,2.22Mb]
New York 2004 84% of voters supported the bottle bill  
Iowa 1998 Respondants strongly supported the bottle bill  
Kentucky 1998 Indicated overwhelming support for litter-reduction initiatives, including a state container deposit law Results
Oregon 1995 73% of state residents supported expansion of their deposit law  
Vermont 1995 83% of state residents supported expansion of their deposit law  
Nationwide 1993 3 out of 4 Americans supported a national bottle bill Results
New York 1992 New York recyclers did not support a repeal of the deposit law Results
Nationwide 1989 The majority of Americans, in both deposit and nondeposit states, supported a national deposit law Results

Graph showing support for bottle bills in individual states

Sources

1. Maine: Northeast Research of Orono, 1989

2. Oregon: Industry funded poll, 1995

3. Iowa: University of Northern Iowa, June 1998

4. Vermont: Poll at Town Meeting (IBWA newsletter), 1995

5. Mass: Center for Policy Alternatives, 2003 Policy Summary, Environment/Bottle Bill (as cited by Massachusetts Sierra Club, "Ten Reasons to Support The Bottle Bill Update")

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