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"The Bottle Bill:" Information about Delaware's Beverage Container Law

 

The Delaware Beverage Container Law (a k a "the Bottle Bill") has undergone a dramatic change. Please be aware that beverage containers no longer carry a deposit so they are no longer refundable. Information below explains the changes in beverage container sales and returns as mandated through Senate Bill 234. Delaware's bottle bill is undergoing dramatic change - namely no deposit as of Dec. 1, 2010

Background
On June 8, 2010, Senate Bill 234 was signed into law. This piece of legislation does many things, one of which is replacing the Delaware Beverage Container Law (a.k.a. Bottle Bill). The 5¢ deposit has been replaced with a 4¢ fee. This fee will go into a temporary recycling fund that will help expand recycling programs . This fee will automatically be removed in 2014. Several opportunities still exist for Delawareans to recycle beverage containers. You can learn about those opportunities by contacting your waste hauler (or other waste haulers), the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, or the Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch.

Dealers/Retailers

  • As of December 1, 2010, you should not be charging deposits on returnable beverage containers.
  • As of February 1, 2011 you no longer have the responsibility to accept or refund bottles. You had until February 28, 2011 to redeem returnable beverage containers to distributors.
  • You will need to remit the 4¢ per beverage container fee to the Division of Revenue . This began December 1, 2010 and includes the types of beverage containers that previously held a Delaware deposit value. For any questions about paying the 4¢ beverage container fee to the Division of Revenue, please contact them at 302-577-8778.

Retail Beverage Container License and Recycling Fee frequently-asked questions

Distributors/Manufacturers

  • As of December 1, 2010, you should not be charging deposits on returnable beverage containers.
  • As of March 1, 2011 you will no longer have the responsibility to accept bottles from or return deposits to dealers.

For more information contact the Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Branch 302-739-9403.

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