A bill has been introduced in the Statehouse to establish a “beverage bottle and can deposit program” in Pennsylvania. “40-60% of the litter we pick up in our waterways and roadways is recyclable — single-use plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers,” said Rep. Wendy Ullman.
This is why Ullman has introduced House Bill 1322, which would establish the “beverage bottle and can deposit program.”
“This is part of a way to not only encourage recycling, but to reward recycling,” Ullman said.
Instead of disposing of plastic, aluminum or glass bottles or cans, Pennsylvanians could return them, getting paid five cents per container. The distributor would add that to the cost of the item. “Ten states have done it for years upon years and it’s really made tremendous improvements,” Ullman said.
In fact, the Container Recycling Institute says those 10 states have recycling rates as high as 80% for aluminum and 70% for glass compared to 46% and 12% in other states.