Proposed Legislation Virginia Bottle Bill Legislation
Ten states currently have Bottle Bills, and none of them are the same. The most successful bills do share some things in common: a 10 cent deposit on most beverage containers (beer, wine, liquor (including the small “nips”), soda, water (still and carbonated), fruit and vegetable juices, hard ciders, teas, sports drinks, coffee drinks, wellness and functional drinks, foil pouches and cartons (Tetra Paks) and milk. When Bottle Bills first started, they were aimed primarily at reducing litter, so they targeted beer and soda. Bottled water wasn’t a thing then, which shows how hard it is to do a bill by kind of drink. But beverages are usually sold in aluminum cans, glass bottles, PET bottles #1, HDPE bottles #2, aseptic and paper cartons and foil pouches. We don’t care if your Kambucha comes in a bottle, can or carton, we want that container recycled.
As of late 2020, BottleBill.org is currently developing a “model bottle bill”. In general, the most successful bottle bills have a few things in common: high deposit of 10 cents, the more containers covered the better, lots of drop off options maximizing convenience, having the deposit system run by private enterprise and keeping the majority of the non-refunded deposits in the deposit system
Virginia Bottle Bill Organization is a 501(c)(3) entity.