By Bob Katzen
This bill expands the state’s existing bottle bill law that requires a 5-cent refundable deposit on glass, plastic, metal, aluminum and bi-metal containers holding beer and other malt beverages, carbonated soft drinks and mineral waters.
The measure would require a deposit on bottles of most other carbonated and non-carbonated beverages including tea, energy drinks, water, wine, hard liquor and other drinks. It would cover containers in sizes as small as nips all the way up to 3-liter containers and would exempt milk, certain juice products, infant formula and nutritive meal replacement liquids. The proposal also raises the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents.
“We know even more now about the urgency of managing our growing mountains of trash, and updating the bottle deposit law will help”, said Sen. Cindy Creem (D-Newton), the sponsor of the proposal. “By expanding redemption to apply to almost all beverage containers and raising the deposit fee to a dime, we can make a big impact.”