Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Maine Bottle Bill History

 

 Original Law1980 Changes1990 Update1991 Addition19932003 Additions/ Changes2009 Changes2019 
Changes 
Current Law
Name Maine Returnable Beverage Container Law
Purpose Reduce litter and solid waste generation, create incentives for recycling and reuse
Enacted 11/2/1976         6/25/2003 6/16/2009    
Implemented 6/1/1978   1/1/1990     3/1/2004 9/12/2009    
Beverages Covered Beer, soft drink, mineral water, wine cooler   Expanded to include wine, liquor, water and non-alcoholic carbonated or non-carbonated drinks           All beverages except dairy products and unprocessed cider
Containers Covered     Aseptic packages were banned   The ban on aseptics was repealed       all sealed containers made of glass, metal or plastic, containing 4 liters or less, excluding aseptics
Amount of Deposit Wine/liquor: 15¢ All others: 5¢               Wine/liquor: 15¢ All others: 5¢
Redemption Rate                 Maine's law has no reporting mechanism to track the data (5)
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers; Dealers may refuse containers if they have an agreement with a nearby redemption center               Retail stores and redemption centers; Dealers may refuse containers if they have an agreement with a nearby redemption center
Unredeemed Deposits       50% of unredeemed deposits escheat to state; the remainder are kept by distributors Original escheat provision repealed New escheat provision established. Unredeemed deposits (on any container not part of an approved commingling agreement) become property of state.     Property of state (when containers are not subject to a commingling agreement)
Handling Fee Increased to 2¢ Increased to 3¢     Increased to 3.5¢ Increased to 4¢ (effective Mar 1, 2010)   4¢ (.5¢ less if qualified commingling agreement) (2)
Notes Distributors who initiate deposits have the obligation to pick up containers from the dealers they deliver to or from the licensed redemption center that serves those dealers.There is a per container fine of $100 for tendering containers purchased out of state for redemption.           Requirements were added to regulate bulk redemption, the licensing of redemption centers, and to require the collection of plastic wrapping.    

Footnotes

[2] Statutes of Maine: Title 32: Chapter 28: Section 4-c (http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/32/title32sec1866.html)

[5] Source: Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry E-mail Communication with Steve Giguire 2/27/15