California Bottle Bill History

  Original Law 1990 Amendment 2000 Expansion AB 28, 2004 AB 3056, 2006 Current Law
Name California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (AB 2020)
Purpose To encourage recycling and reduce litter
Enacted 9/29/1986          
Implemented 9/1/1987   1/1/2000 1/1/2004 1/1/2007  
Beverages Covered Beer, malt, all soft drinks, fruit drinks, sport drinks, water, coffee & teas, wine & distilled spirits coolers   Expanded to include all non-alcoholic beverages, except milk     beer, malt, wine & distilled spirits coolers, all non-alcoholic beverages, except milk
Containers Covered Aluminum. glass, plastic and bi-metal. Exempts refillables         Aluminum. glass, plastic and bi-metal. Exempts refillables
Amount of Deposit Amended to 2.5¢ <24 oz and 5¢ >24 oz   increased to (4¢: >24oz.) and (8¢: <24oz.) increased to (10¢: >24oz.) and (5¢: <24oz.) (10¢: >24oz.) and (5¢: <24oz.)
Redemption Rate         overall 61%; aluminum 73%; glass 58%; PET 46%; HDPE 51% [f] 2011 recycling rates (January–December):[a]
Overall 82%
aluminum 97%,
glass 84%
#1 PET 67%
#2 HDPE 104%
#3 PVC 15%
#4 LDPE 1%
#5 PP 3%
#6 PS 10%
#7 other 7%
bimetal 16%
Reclamation System State certified redemption centers, registered curbside operations, dropoffs         State certified redemption centers, registered curbside operations, dropoffs
Unredeemed Deposits Property of state: used for program administration and grants to non-profits         Property of state: used for program administration and grants to non-profits
Handling Fee Beverage manufacturers pay Processing Fees to offset recyclers costs when the cost of recycling exceeds the value of material. Processing Payments paid by state to redemption centers.       Changed processing payment to 1.8¢ and schedules regular re-evaluations (b) Handling Fees paid by state to supermarket sites, nonprofit convenience zone recyclers, and rural region recyclers. .859¢(b)
Other Fees           Processing Fees (paid by beverage manufactorers to the Department, per container sold)[s]
Glass:$0.00237
#1 PET:$0.00000
#2 HDPE:$0.00213
#3 PVC:$0.01194
#4 LDPE:$0.01082
#5 PP:$0.04727
#6 PS:$0.00227
#7 Other Plastic:$0.07353
Bimetal:$0.04470

Processing Payments (made to all certified recyclers when the cost of recycling exceeds the value of material, per pound redeemed.)[p][s]
Glass: $0.04413
#1 PET : $0.00000
#2 HDPE: $0.14497
#3 PVC: $0.49048
#4 LDPE: $0.62433
#5 PP: $0.64723
#6 PS: $0.39326
#7 Other Plastic: $0.41854
Bimetal: $0.39883
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Notes Containers are returned to licensed redemption centers, not to retailers; Refund value determined by weight for more than 50 containers          

Footnotes

[a] Source: CalRecycle. "Biannual Report of Beverage Container Sales, Returns, Redemption & Recycling Rates" May 9th, 2011.

[b] Source: CalRecycle. "Handling Fee Changes, Effective July 1, 2011” August 1, 2011

[p] Source: California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, Section 14575

[s] Source: Calrecycle. "2012 Processing Fees." December 15, 2011. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Notices/2011/ProcessFee.pdf