|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|
|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||5¢|
|Reclamation System||Retail stores and redemption centers|
|Handling Fee||4¢ (.5¢ less if part of qualified commingling agreement) (2)|
|Unredeemed Deposits||Property of state general fund (more information)|
|Redemption Rate||Redemption Centers - 3.25¢[b] Retailers - 2.25¢|
|Return Rate||Fiscal Year Data:
Wholesalers must file monthly reports w/Dept. of Revenue regarding deposit & refund.
The Massachusetts deposit law survived repeal by referendum effort in 1982 by a 60% to 40% vote.
[a] Source: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection E-mail Communication with Sean Sylver 3/15/17.