MONTPELIER, VT. (Dec. 19, 3:15 p.m. ET) — A proposal introduced in the Vermont legislature would expand the state´s bottle bill to include noncarbonated beverages and wine.
Senate Bill 176, prefiled for the 2012 legislative session, would expand the state´s bottle bill, which was first implemented in 1973. Residents pay a 5-cent deposit for carbonated soft drinks and 15 cents for liquor.
The amended bill would cover virtually all drinks with the exception of milks.
Noncarbonated beverages would have a 5-cent deposit and wine would have a 15-cent deposit, according to the bill.
The bill would also force beverage manufacturers and distributors to give the state abandoned beverage deposits, instead of keeping the more than $2 million worth of unclaimed deposits they do now.
The state reports an 85 percent recycling rate for containers that are in the bottle law.