Bottle Bill Resources

As we campaign to protect and improve Vermont’s Bottle Bill, we’re working with national partners and advocates in other states to share strategies and lessons. Here are some links to additional resources and information about the Bottle Bill:

Impacts of Increasing Vermont’s Bottle Bill Scope and Deposit Value (2020)
A report prepared by Eunomia consulting outlining the environmental and financial impacts of modernizing Vermont’s Bottle Bill.

Paving the way for universal recycling one nickel at a time (2016)
An article by Ryan Garvey, former VPIRG Consumer and Environmental Advocate, explains how Vermont could use the unclaimed nickels (from bottles and cans that were not deposited) to fund universal recycling. These unclaimed nickels add up to around $2 Million per year, and currently simply go to the beverage industry.

A Clean and Green Vermont (2013)
A report released by VPIRG and the Container Recycling Institute examines the ways in which the Bottle Bill is uniquely effective at collecting and recycling beverage containers, and how the program could become even better. Broadening this program to cover plastic water bottles and other beverage containers would reduce energy consumption, cut greenhouse gas emissions and litter, create jobs and generate more revenue for local businesses.

Understanding the Impacts of Expanding Vermont’s Beverage Deposit Return Program (2012)
Prepared by CM Consulting, a waste management analysis group, this study looks at the potential impacts of Vermont expanding the Bottle Bill to keep up with the evolving beverage market.

The Container Recycling Institute
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI), founded in 1991, is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to studying and promoting policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers, and shifting the social and environmental costs associated with manufacturing, recycling, and disposal of container and packaging waste from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers.

The Bottle Bill Resource Guide
The Bottle Bill Resource Guide is a project of The Container Recycling Institute (CRI). On this website you can find in-depth information on the history of the Bottle Bill in the United States and other countries, how it has been implemented and what is being done globally to build on the bottle bill program’s enormous success.