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What are Bottle Deposits and How Can I Recover Them?

Katherine Arthurs -

Bottle deposits are required by states that have enacted beverage container deposit laws (“bottle bills”) as a way to encourage residents to recycle bottles and other containers. Bottle deposits are small fees paid by customers when purchasing a beverage and reimbursed when the empty container is returned to a redemption center. Deposit amounts vary by state and depend on the type of beverage and size of the container.

Deposit fees vary from state to state, they range from $0.05 to $0.15 per single beverage container.  In the case of Hint that is 12, 16-ounce bottles.

Hint has always encouraged our customers to recycle your hint bottles. Your Hint bottle is a fully recyclable PET container, including the cap, with a recycling number of '1'! 

Click here for more information about the work hint has been doing to reduce our plastic use.

We encourage you to recover the bottle deposits collected by returning empty Hint bottles to a local recycling center.

For additional information on where to find redemption centers, visit the following websites:

  • California Beverage Container Recycling Program
  • Connecticut Bottle and Can Redemption Centers
  • Hawaii Redemption Centers
  • Iowa Beverage Containers Control Law
  • Maine Beverage Container Redemption
  • Massachusetts Bottle & Can Recycling
  • Michigan Beverage Containers Law
  • New York Returnable Container Act
  • Oregon Bottle Bill & Redemption Center
  • Vermont Beverage Container and Redemption Law
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