When someone returns a bottle or can for recycling, it doesn't end up in a landfill or incinerator — or worse, on the street or in a park.

That's why on Sept. 30 PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur testified before the House Democratic Policy Committee in support of House Bill 1322, which would implement a five-cent deposit for all beverage containers sold in Pennsylvania. Similar laws exist in 10 other states and have been on the books for nearly five decades.

“Bottle bill legislation has been proven to be the most successful and cost-effective system to incentivize consumers, retailers and distributors to recycle,” said David in his testimony. “It improves recycling rates, reduces litter, helps to tackle climate change, creates jobs and provides an additional revenue stream for states who implement it. Hopefully Pennsylvania will tap into this opportunity.”

The bill's lead sponsor is Bucks County State Rep. Wendy Ullman (Doylestown), a leader for the Zero Waste PA package in the state capitol, one of PennEnvironment’s top policy priorities.

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Photo: PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur testified before the House Democratic Policy Committee in support of House Bill 1322. Credit: House Democratic Policy Committee staff.