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
Implemented 1/1/1983
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
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers
Unredeemed Deposits Property of state general fund (more information)
Handling Fee Redemption Centers - 3.25¢[b] Retailers - 2.25¢
Return Rate

CY '14 (Jan. - Dec. 2014) 64.08%

FY '14 (Jul. '14 - June '15) 58.97% (a)



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 1/8/16

[b] Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Updated January 13, 2016

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