The Massachusetts Bottle Deposit Law
The Massachusetts "Bottle Bill" - enacted in 1983 - places a five cent deposit on all carbonated soft drink, beer, malt beverage and sparkling water containers sold in the state.
By giving consumers a financial incentive to recycle, it reduces litter, conserves resources and saves energy.
Under the law, you may return clean, empty bottles and cans to:
- Any retail outlet that sells or recently sold the same brands, types and sizes for full redemption value, or
- Any redemption Center that will accept them. A redemption center is allowed to deduct processing fees from your refund.
- Guide to the 1983 Bottle Bill for Consumers
Information about consumer rights and responsibilities when redeeming containers.
- Guide to the 1983 Bottle Bill for Distributors & Bottlers
A summary of bottling and distribution company rights and responsibilities under the law.
- Bottle Bill Resource Guide by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
Learn about beverage container redemption laws across the country and around the world.
Find a Bottle & Can Redemption Center
- List of Registered Redemption Centers, Updated February 2016
Unlike retail stores - which are required to redeem the same brands, types and sizes of containers they sell or recently sold for full deposit value - redemption centers can choose which containers they will accept and deduct processing fees from refunds. Redemption center policies and hours vary and change frequently, so MassDEP recommends that you call ahead.
Open a Bottle & Can Redemption Center
- If you wish to establish a redemption center, you must notify MassDEP in advance, provide the agency with updated information twice annually, and advise consumers that it is illegal to redeem containers originally purchased in other states for deposit refunds in Massachusetts.
- Redemption Center Initial Registration
Use this form to notify MassDEP at least ten (10) business days in advance of commencing operations.
- Recommended Redemption Center Signage
Example of sign used to advise consumers that it is illegal to redeem beverage containers bought in other states for deposit refunds in Massachusetts.