California lawmakers who passed the country's toughest plastics pollution and recycling law earlier this year may add another set of containers to their legislation: wine and liquor bottles.
California Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, co-wrote SB-1013 with Bill Dodd, a Democrat representing the California wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, signalling that the wine industry is open to the idea.
The bill passed the senate in late May and awaits action in the assembly.
While the bulk of wine and liquor is packaged in glass, PET is used for single-serve liquor bottles.
Dustin Gardiner of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that wine makers want more glass bottles in the recycling stream so they can use more recycled material.
"Frankly, it's long overdue," Dodd told Gardiner. "The soft drink companies have been doing this, the beer companies have been doing this."
California won't be the first to add a bottle bill for wine and liquor. Maine has had deposits for wine and liquor bottles since 2015 and added a 5-cent deposit on plastic mini bottles in 2019.