Packaging Legislation

Currently, there is no US federal legislation that requires stewardship of beverage containers or bottles. There have been attempts, but no success, in passing federal container deposit legislation. The Bottle Bill Resource Guide provides information about the states that have enacted container deposit laws. 

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
April, 2012

SB 1508Relating to beverage containers; creating new provisions; amending ORS 459.992; and declaring an emergency, passed and was signed into law in April 2012. The bill made minor changes to the major adjustments that were made to the Bottle Bill in 2007 and 2011. In 2007, water bottles were added and larger stores, primarily grocers, were required to take back all covered containers, not just what they sold. These changes led...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Bill
Date:
June, 2011

HB 3145 was signed into law by the Governor Kitzhaber on June 9, 2011. The bill expands the scope of containers to all beverages, including beer, soft drinks, water, juice and sports drinks and requires a nickel deposit per container. The expansion would go into effect in 2018 or when redemption centers collect 60 percent of currently-covered items, whichever occurs first. Additionally, it would raise the current five-cent deposit to a dime if redemption rates fall below 80...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
June, 2007

SB 707, signed into law on June 7, 2007, amends the existing law by adding water and flavored water to the list of beverage containers included in the bill. The bill also created a nine-member Task Force to address issues including redemption centers, coverage of other beverage containers, increasing the deposit and implementing handling fees. Currently, distributors keep 100% of the unredeemed deposits and do not pay a handling fee to retailers. In October 2008, the task force released...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
July, 2007

HB 2056 was signed into law and went into effect in July, 2007. The bill requires beverage vendors at official gatherings and events, in areas for which residential and commercial recycling is already available, to provide recycling for single-serving plastic, glass and aluminum containers. The Washington State Department of Ecology has produced a Focus Sheet on Recycling at Washington Events (PDF file, 175KB) that answers...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
July, 2011

The 2004 Recycling Regulation (B.C. Reg. 449/2004) replaced the 1997 Beverage Container Product Stewardship Program Regulation (which replaced the 1970 Litter Act, which required manufacturers and retailers to participate in a deposit system to encourage the return of many types of beverage containers). In May 2011, the Recycling Regulation was amended to include Schedule 5, the Packaging and Printed Paper Product Category, which, according to the ...