Bottle Bill Resource Guide

H.996

Bill Number and Name Bill H.996: An Act to improve plastic bottles and their recycling
Primary Sponsor

State Representative David M. Rogers

Proposed Changes/Summary
Massachusetts' bottle deposit law came into effect in 1983, covering beer, malt, carbonated drinks, and bottled water (read more on this law here). Many plastic containers involved in this program, as well as not covered by the program, do not have minimum recycled content amounts specified. This bill would amend the general code to set incremental recycled content goals for beverage containers, with a minimum recycled content of 25% for plastic beverage containers by 1 January 2024.

Deposit Value

  • 5¢ USD

Legislative Activity

6/22/2021 Hearing occurred.
3/29/2021 Senate concurred.
3/29/2021 Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

CRI Activity

On 21 June 2021, CRI submitted a testimony in support of H.996. It can be read here.

 

 

S.568

Bill Number and Name Resolve S.568: Resolve providing for an investigation and study of enhancing statewide recycling programs
Primary Sponsor

Senator Edward J. Kennedy

Proposed Changes/Summary
This resolution would explore the feasibility of a single-stream recycling program along with other recycling and composting initiatives. It would also investigate the feasibility of amending a "sunset provision" to Massachusett's bottle deposit law, where the program would be repealed if the recycling rates for materials covered under the law and not covered under the law are equal.

 

Legislative Activity

6/22/2021 Hearing occurred.
3/29/2021 House concurred.
3/29/2021 Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

CRI Activity

On 22 June 2021, CRI submitted a letter in opposition to S.568, instead highlighting the need to modernize Massachusetts' bottle bill. The letter can be read here.

 

Last Updated on 20 July 2021.

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