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

Fiscal Year Data:
2017 56.8%
2016 56.1%
2015 59.0%
2014 65.6%
2013 66.3%
2012 65.8%
2011 67.8%
2010 70.8%
2009 70.3%
2008 66.2%
2007 65.8%(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 3/15/17.

[b] Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Updated December 23, 2018