Bottle Bill Resource Guide

S.984: The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act

Bill Number and Name

A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of their consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes. (also known as The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act)

Primary Sponsor

House Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)

Proposed Changes/Summary The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act is an omnibus piece of legislation which seeks to markedly reduce the amount of plastic that US consumers along with industry members use, introducing measures such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), minimum recycled content requirements in containers, and banning certain single-use plastic products. It also proposes a national bottle deposit program, which the US lacks. would implement a 10 cent USD deposit on many beverage containers under 3 liters, with noted exemptions for states with existing bottle bills. More information may be found on our National Bottle Bill page.

Deposit Value

•10¢ USD

Redemption System

  • Containers ≤3L made of glass, metal or plastic
  • Return to retail or to redemption centers

Legislative activity

TBD TBD
 3/25/2021  Bill introduced, read twice, and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

CRI Activity

TBD

H.R.1512: The CLEAN Future Act

Bill Number and Name

H.R.1512 - To build a clean and prosperous future by addressing the climate crisis, protecting the health and welfare of all Americans, and putting the Nation on the path to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy by 2050, and for other purposes. (otherwise known as the CLEAN Future Act)

Primary Sponsor

House Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ)

Proposed Changes/Summary Formed in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the CLEAN Future Act comprises expansions, reform, and creations of new measures in order to deal with the modern climate crisis. In regards to a bottle bill, H.R.1512 would amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act in order to implement a federal bottle bill program. The program would put a 10-cent deposit on most beverages under 3 liters. Studies would be conducted under the act to fully determine the efficacy and effort needed to implement a nation-wide container deposit program. More information may be found on our National Bottle Bill page.

Deposit Value

•10¢ USD

Redemption System

  • Containers ≤3L made of glass, metal or plastic
  • Return to retail or to redemption centers

Legislative activity

03/03/2021 Referred to the Subcommittees on Environment and Climate Change, Water Resources and Environment, Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Highways and Transit, Aviation, and Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
03/02/2021  Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Reform, Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Natural Resources, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/02/2021 Introduced to the US House of Representatives.

CRI Activity

TBD

 

Last Updated on 1 April 2021.

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