Producer Responsibility? More than 114 billion aluminum, plastic
and glass disposable, single-serve beverage containers are littered or wasted
in the United States every year. As wasting rises, recycling is declining.
The beverage industry knows what works: the 10 states with ‘bottle
bills’ requiring deposit-return systems recycled more containers than
the other 40 states put together. But the industry refuses to take responsibility
for their packaging waste. They profit while taxpayers pay for an inefficient
and unfair system. Read more …
Last modified: October 09, 2008
Why all the fuss?
Midwest Beverage Container Take-Back Campaign
GRRN starts 2003 with new resources to explore the possibility
of beverage producer responsibility initiatives at the state level. Our
Wisconsin campaign aims to enact effective statewide legislation where
producers are financially responsible for recovering, for re-use or recycling,
80 percent or more of the beverage containers sold in the state.
National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act provides a new approach
to container recycling that addresses concerns of the industry stakeholders
without compromising the public interest. The Act sets a performance standard
(80% recovery, the level currently achieved in most of the 10 bottle bill
states) which industry must meet, but allows industry the freedom to design
the most efficient deposit-return program to reach the standard.
can take the same approach to beverage producer responsibility as the
national bill. If enough states pass legislation of this type, the industry
may decide to embrace a coordinated, national approach. View
a model state bottle bill [off-site]
based on the National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act.
& Pepsi Campaign [archived]
Both Coke and Pepsi spend millions of dollars opposing deposit-refund
systems, yet they have no solution to offer. They’d rather let taxpayers
pay billions to clean up after them than take responsibility for their
waste. And both Coke and Pepsi are dragging their feet in living up to
their promises to use 25 percent recycled content in their plastic bottles
when they were switching from glass a decade ago.