Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Improving Recovery of Recyclable and Reusable Materials in Wisconsin: The Feasibility of a Bottle Bill and Other Policy Options

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.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Public Affairs Workshop, Domestic Issues, Public Affairs 869, taught by Karen Holden in Spring 2008
  • Author(s): Nicholas Bubb, Paul Ferguson, Amy Trostel, and Andrew Turner
  • Client Name: the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Waste and Materials Management