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