12 Sep '11, 6pm

Where Do Uncollected Bottle Deposits Go?

BARRY ASKED THE QUESTION: While I was drinking a bottle of water, I noticed it said “CA, MI, OR, HI, 5 cents.” I know this means that the price includes a 5-cent return deposit, but there’s no chance I’ll return it to that store (it will go in the recycle bin). So, what happens to that 5 cents the store collected? Since it’s only in certain states, is there a fund that is used to collect and recycle? Or is this just extra profit for the bottler, distributor or store? WE FOUND THE ANSWER: Before diving into where the money goes, let’s review what a bottle bill (also known as beverage container deposit legislation) actually is. Bottle bills allow consumers to pay an extra charge when purchasing beverage containers. This charge is then totally or partially refunded when the container is recycled at a certified redemption center. Since recycling is mandated on a state level, b...

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