The New Jersey Smart Container Act essentially requires a 10¢ and 20¢ deposit on all personal beverage containers and establishes a redemption process for the State of New Jersey. The bill was based primarily on Michigan, which has 10-cent deposits, but includes aspects of the other ten states of the bottle bill. Assemblywomen Valerie Vaineri-Huttle, D-Bergen, and Grace Spencer, D-Newark, have proposed that the purchase of each regular-sized plastic and glass bottle and aluminum can would require a 10-cent deposit. Larger containers, larger than 24 ounces, would require a 20 cent deposit.
Milk, other dairy products and hard liquor are not included. In a joint statement following the passage of the bill, Assemblymembers Annette Quijano, Mila Jasey and John McKeon, sponsors of the bill, said the bill “will allow us to be at the forefront of a recycling industry in transition by stimulating demand for recycled materials while reducing pollution, such as marina. garbage and microplastics. A group of organizations, including AMERIPEN, the Consumer Brands Association, the Food Industry Association, PLASTICS, the Glass Packaging Institute, and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, opposed parts of the bill.
Rigid plastic containers should increase the PCR content by 10% starting in 2027 and increase another 10% every three years thereafter, until they reach 50%, while the PCR content in plastic beverage containers should increase by 5% from 2027 and increase another 5% every three years thereafter, to 50%, according to the count. Almost all plastic containers carry a recycling code, from one to seven, which means chemical components and density. The law establishes recycled content requirements starting in 2024 for certain plastic, glass and paper containers and prohibits the packaging of polystyrene peanuts. It also closely monitored the New Jersey bill by drafting model legislation for the minimum content of post-consumer recycled plastic for items such as garbage bags and beverage containers.
Almost every Thursday night, I drag my blue plastic recycling barrel full of glass and plastic bottles to the curb, complaining that I am doing my civic duty. In addition to its basic requirements for 2024, the bill has a schedule to increase PCR on plastic items starting in 2027. Paper recycling services in New Jersey are willing to pay generously for you to bring them different types of paper or cardboard for recycling. However, it has stopped providing grants to counties or new loans to businesses and now provides funds to municipalities only every two years, as loan repayments run out, said Ed Nieliwocki, Supervisor of the New Jersey DEP Division of Contract Administration. In fact, some recycling centers in the county partner with private interests who are quite willing to pay for aluminum cans.
Many companies pay generously for e-waste and can buy their used computers and cell phones.