S. 2220 and H.R. 5210
The National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act, S. 2220, introduced by U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) on Earth Day 2002, 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 companys 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.
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