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Reduce, Reuse, Refill!

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2002 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

More than 70% of soda and beer containers are refilled in Finland, Denmark, and Germany, where policies are in place to require, if not support refilling. In the U.S., less than 5% of beverage containers are refilled. U.S. beverage companies offer their products for sale in Europe and elsewhere in refillables. Why not in the U.S.? What policies are in place in Europe, Canada, and Latin America to promote refilling? Which policies could be replicated in the U.S. to revive refilling? This report addresses these issues.

by Brenda Platt and Doug Rowe

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