Bottle deposit programs hurt the mart: execs

Jun 24, 2013 | 04:37 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  Ball, Novelis, AMM Aluminum Summit, Brad Soultz, Jim Peterson, Megan Daum, aluminum, used beverage cans UBCs

NEW YORK — As the national debate over bottle deposit recycling programs heats up, aluminum can producers continue to push for alternative ways to incentivize used beverage container (UBC) recycling, according to several executives in a beverage and packaging panel discussion at AMM’s Aluminum Summit in New York.

"Deposits are a tax, and while the places they are in certainly drive a higher recycling rate, it makes volumes dip," said Jim Peterson, vice president of marketing and corporate affairs at Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Corp., a leading producer of aluminum beverage containers. "Our perception, with our customers, is every 1-percent increase in cost is a 1-percent decrease in volume."....

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