Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Law Summary Deposit Law on Soft Drinks and Waters was intended to reduce the amount of one-way containers in the waste stream
Date Implemented January 1, 1993 (replaces an agreement from 1960 that established minimum deposits for beverage containers)
Containers Covered Milk pouches, and PET bottles of 200 ml and over.
Beverages Covered

Soft drinks, waters

Refundable Deposit 

U.S. 16¢ under .5 liters
U.S. 72¢ over .5 liters

Refillable PET:
U.S. 64¢ over 1 liter

Fees and Taxes 


Program Success

Containers are recovered at the following rates:

Refillable glass 98%
Refillable PET 99%
Refillables comprise the following portions of the following markets:
Soft Drinks 85%
Beer 95%
Refillable PET 65-70%
Trippage rates:
Refillable glass 15 – 20 trips
Refillable PET 20 trips



Some notes about refillables:

The refillable PET container was first introduced in the Netherlands in 1989 and within six months it had claimed 17% of the soft drink market share. A new plastic-coated refillable glass bottle was introduced (date unknown) that was expected to make 40 trips.