Bottle Bill Resource Guide

The 2009 Pennsylvania Bill

Bill Number and Name SB 855
Primary Sponsor Senator Rafferty
Beverages Covered All nonalcoholic beverages, excluding dairy, infant formula, and medicine
Containers Covered Sealed containers of glass, metal, plastic, or combination, up to 28 oz. Excludes biodegradable and aseptic packages.
Handling Fees  
Other Fees / Taxes  
Reclamation System Return to retail or redemption center
Unredeemed Deposits Kept in Returnable Beverage Container Fund. 75% go to Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund


The deposits in this bill are set to come into effect January 1, 2010, but distributors must register with the DEP before Sept 2009 and maintain records on manufacture and sales. All received deposits go monthly into the Beverage Container Fund.

Forbids municipalities from levying additional deposits on beverage containers

Retailers are exempt from accepting returns if they contract with a nearby redemption center or meet other qualifications, including being under 5000 sq. feet or suffering financial hardship.

Details about this bill on its Pennsylvania Legislature page.


March 6, 2009: Introduced and referred to Environmental Resources and Energy.


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