On June 25, 2002, Hawaii Governor Benjamin Cayetano signed the United States’ eleventh bottle bill into law. The bill imposes a five-cent deposit on all beverage cans and bottles except milk beginning in 2005. The deposits will be refunded to consumers when the containers are returned for recycling. The bill also phases in an additional charge of up to one and a half cents per container that the state health department would use to support recycling.
According to the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), bottle bills have been proposed in almost every U.S. state but no new container deposit law has been enacted since 1986. CRI says bottle bill states achieve beverage container recycling rates above 72 per cent on average.
A report released in January by Businesses and Environmentalists Allied for Recycling (BEAR) indicates that the 10 bottle bill states recycle more cans and bottles than the 40 non-bottle bill states combined.
For more information, see the Editorial in the June/July edition, “Hawaii Five-0” or contact Guy Crittenden at 416-442-2202
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