Improving Recovery of Recyclable and Reusable Materials in Wisconsin: The Feasibility of a Bottle Bill and Other Policy Options
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This report examines whether a bottle deposit law is a feasible way to increase Wisconsin?s recovery of recyclable beverage containers, which, in turn, benefits the environment. Each of the 11 states with bottle deposit laws has a significantly higher recovery rate than Wisconsin. This report analyzes the most pertinent features a Wisconsin deposit law should have and recommends that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assess whether recent changes in recycling practices have increased Wisconsin?s recovery rate before pursuing enactment of a deposit law.