Re: Beer in Plastic

Pat Franklin (
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 13:13:14 -0800 (PST)


Deposits are not assigned based on material type but rather on type of
beverage. In most bottle bill states only beer and soft drinks are
considered, but several states include wine, liquor and or bottled water and
juices. Most Canadian Provinces that have deposit laws have expanded them
to include bottled water, juice drinks, etc. One (Alaberta) even includes milk.

All plastic soft drink bottles have a deposit requirement in the ten states
with a bottle bill. Plastic bottled water, juice drinks and or liquor also
require deposits in the few states where those containers are included in
the deposit system. Approximately 60% of all PET bottles are soda bottles
and approximately one third of those bottles are covered by a deposit system.

Pat Franklin

At 11:58 AM 1/5/99 EST, wrote:
>Just an off-hand question (especially to Peter Anderson and Pat Franklin):
>How much impact does the idea of getting away from deposit laws by moving
>beverage containers to plastic play in to industry decision making for
>bottling? I know that many regions don't have deposits of any kind, but
>most plastic containers don't require deposits anywhere do they? And
>certainly, if you were to invent a new type of container that isn't
>covered by deposit laws you get around said laws in general, right?
>Just wondering...
Pat Franklin, Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
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