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Beverage Shareholders Campaign

Last modified: October 09, 2008
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Why Beverage 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 …
Why all the fuss?

GRRN Campaigns

Upper 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 Deposit Bill
The 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.

State Deposit Bills
States 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.

Coke & 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.

Beverage Take-Back Resources

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