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Deposit Return Systems

Last modified: October 09, 2008

National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2003, S. 1867

The National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2003 introduced by U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) was based on a similar bill introduced in 2002. It 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. By providing beverage companies the flexibility to structure and operate their own container recovery programs, this legislation simply extends the beverage company’s ‘supply chain’ to include the management of empty containers after consumption. This approach is appealing because it reduces the administrative burden on government and takes full advantage of the business acumen of industry.

National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2003 [pdf]

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