This bill will allow residents of New Jersey to receive at least a 5 cent refund in exchange for returning beverage containers to vendors.

  • Posted on: 2 March 2018
  • By: Sophia Powell
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An Act to encourage reuse and recycling of beverage containers.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that a government program be initiated through which New Jersey residents can receive at least a 5 cent refund in exchange for returning beverage containers.
Sections: 
Section I: Defines... Vendor: person or company offering beverages for sale Consumer: a person who purchases a beverage from a vendor
Section II: The consumer pays a deposit when purchasing beverages in plastic, glass or metal beverage containers and gets a refund for their deposit when returning containers. Containers must have a New Jersey refund label to be returned. A consumer can return containers to any store that sells the same type of container. Same type of container must indicate the same brand and size.
Section III: A store may refuse a return if the store does not sell the same type of container, the container does not have the proper label indicating that it is refundable, the container is crushed, broken or damaged, the container contains any foreign object or substance.
Section IV: The vendors have a written agreement with distributors within their county. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will schedule pick-ups at the locations that offer beverage container redemption, similarly to the way trash and recycling is collected.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect immediately after being enacted, however violations will not be issued during the first 12 months in order to allow venders and consumers to become familiar with the new program.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to reduce the amounts of trash and litter generated by beverage containers, thus saving landfill space and keeping neighborhoods, parks, and roadsides clean.
Author's Note: 
Other states in the U.S.A have similar laws regarding the return of beverage containers, and have had very much success. Since passing a similar bill, "The Bottle Bill", redemption rates in New York have been 70-80 percent and beverage container litter has been reduced by 75 percent.
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Funds generated as a result of this law will go to the consumer, however the money generated in the event that the consumer does not return their container will go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The implementation of this law will fall under the jurisdiction of the Regional Law Enforcement Office.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No