|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|
|Unredeemed Deposits||Property of state general fund (more information)|
|Return Rate||70.8% in Fiscal Year 2010 (July 2009 – June 2010) (iii)|
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.
[iii] Source: Sean Sylver, of MA DEP
Updated March 17, 2013