The Massachusetts Senate passed an update to the state's bottle bill, proposing a 5-cent deposit to water bottles, sports drinks and other items previously not covered by the state's law.
Senate Bill 2350, which serves as a jobs creation bill, includes the update to the bottle bill as an amendment. The measure passed with the amendment on July 19 and heads to the state House for final approval.
If passed, the altered bottle bill would take effect Jan. 15.
Massachusetts' bottle bill was originally passed in 1983 and includes a 2.25 cents handling fee for retailers. The state reported the bill resulted in a 70.8% return rate on deposits paid in 2010, according to BottleBill.org, a website that tracks bottle bills.