California has set its sights on liquor and wine — including boxed wine — for its container deposit program.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Sept. 27 that will add a 10-cent deposit for most wine and spirits containers starting in 2024. While glass bottles may seem easy to drop into the existing recycling system, only about 30 percent is recycled currently vs. 70 percent for packaging that falls into the current deposit program, Plastics News' Steve Toloken writes.
Boxed wines are more complex, though, consisting of flexible inner, rigid spouts and cardboard outer packaging. The bag-in-bottle, or BIB, is also growing in popularity too. The BIB market was estimated to be worth $2 billion globally in 2017 and double within 10 years, according to Future Market Insights. The packaging is gaining use not just in budget wines, but from higher-end winemakers because the bags limit exposure to the air, allowing wines to last longer.
In recognition of the complications of dealing with flexible packaging, spouts and boxes, California will give boxed wine an extra two years before it falls under the deposit program.