The Massachusetts Bottle Deposit Law
The 30-year-old Massachusetts "Bottle Bill" 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 to any Redemption Center that will accept them. Redemption centers deduct processing fees from refunds.
- Guide to the 1983 Bottle Bill for Distributors & Bottlers
A summary of bottling and distribution company rights and responsibilities under the law.
- Guide to the 1983 Bottle Bill for Consumers
Information about consumer rights and responsibilities when redeeming containers.
- Beverage Containers in Litter & Public Waste Receptacles
Although the Bottle Bill has reduced litter across Massachusetts by encouraging the recycling of beer, soda and sparkling water containers, a large proportion of non-carbonated beverage bottles and cans continues to be thrown away. Read about a MassDEP-commissioned a study that examined litter collected during community cleanups of parks, playgrounds and public spaces.
Find a Bottle & Can Redemption Center
- List of Registered Redemption Centers, Updated September 2015
Retail outlets 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. Because redemption center policies and hours of operation vary and change frequently, 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.
- Beverage Container Redemption Center Initial Registration
Use this form to notify MassDEP at least ten (10) business days in advance of commencing operations.
- Recommended Signage for Beverage Container Redemption Center
Example of sign used to advise consumers that it is against the law for them to redeem beverage containers bought in other states for deposit refunds in Massachusetts.