Are there any states that don’t give them money when they recycle?



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    Deposit laws are the exception rather than the rule, most states don’t have one.

    United States

    The United States container-deposit legislation is popularly called “bottle bills” after the Oregon Bottle Bill, the first container deposit legislation passed in the U.S.

    Efforts to pass container deposit legislation in the 39 states that do not have them are often politically contentious. The U.S. beverage container industry — including both the bottlers of water, soda, beer, and the corporate owners of grocery stores, and convenience stores — often spends large amounts of money lobbying against the introduction of both new and amended beverage container deposit legislation.


    According to 2004 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, approximately 30% of the U.S. population currently reside in states or territories with existing container deposit laws:

    • California (5¢; 10¢ for bottles 24 fl oz or greater), implemented in 1987 and increased in 2007; listed on containers as “California Redemption Value” or “CRV”; legislation pending that would expand program to include all plastic bottles (shampoo, food, etc)[4]
    • Connecticut (5¢), 1980; not charged on milk (deposit on water bottles went into effect Oct 1, 2009)[5]
    • Delaware (5¢), 1982 [Repealed in 2009]
    • Hawaii (5¢), 2005; in addition, Hawaii charges a nonrefundable 1¢ fee per container to fund the program. This fee increases to 1.5¢ if the redemption rate reaches 70%.[6]
    • Iowa (5¢ for containers that held carbonated beverages), 1979 (also applies to wine bottles)
    • Maine (5¢, also applies to fruit juice and bottled water; 15¢ for some wine bottles), 1978
    • Massachusetts (5¢ for containers that held carbonated beverages), enacted in 1982 with expansion proposed in 2009[7]
    • Michigan (10¢ non-refillable, 5¢ refillable) – carbonated beverages only, 1978
    • New York (5¢), 1982; for containers that held carbonated beverages (including water bottles since Oct 31, 2009)[8]
    • Oregon (5¢), 1972
    • Vermont (5¢; 15¢ for most liquor bottles as of 1990), 1973

    These laws vary as to the types of containers for which a deposit is required, but generally include glass, plastic, and metal beverage containers.[9]

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