Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name  Beverage Container Recovery Law
Purpose To provide an economic incentive for consumers to return used beverage containers and encourage conservation of materials and energy through recycling and reuse
Enacted Legislative override of governor's veto, 6/4/81
Date Implemented 1/1/1983
Beverages Covered Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, & mineral water
Containers Covered Any sealable bottle, can, jar, or carton of glass, metal, plastic, or combo. Excludes biodegradables.
Amount of Deposit
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers
Handling Fee Redemption Centers - 3.25¢[b] Retailers - 2.25¢
Unredeemed Deposits Property of state general fund (more information)
Redemption Rate See below
Return Rate Fiscal Year Data:
2017 56.8%
2016 56.1%
2015 59.0%
2014 65.6%
2013 66.3%
2012 65.8%
2011 67.8%
2010 70.8%
2009 70.3%
2008 66.2%
2007 65.8%(a)



Wholesalers must file monthly reports with the Department of Revenue regarding deposit & refund.

In 1982, a repeal of Massachusett's deposit law was struck down with a 60% to 40% vote.



[a] Source: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection E-mail Communication with Sean Sylver 3/15/17.

[b] Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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Greg Cooper
Deputy Division Director
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
1 Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108-4746
Phone: 617-292-5988
Bottle Bill Hotline: 617-556-1054


Massachusetts Sierra Club
100 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02116

Massachusetts PIRG
Janet S. Domenitz
Executive Director, MASSPIRG
294 Washington St, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108
Twitter: @Janet_MASSPIRG