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Town Hall – Bottles “Deposit Refund”

Did you know, Vermont’s Beverage Container and Redemption Law (“the Bottle Bill”) began as a litter law intended to clean up Vermont’s roadsides.  Over the years, the Bottle Bill evolved into a successful program. Under the law, anyone can return a bottle or can to a retailer or redemption center to redeem the deposit (5-15 cents). Putney volunteers assist with the Town “deposit refund” bottle program at the Town Hall (Faded Blue Building). All revenue proceeds support the Town public pool.

Residents can bring “deposit refund” beverage bottles to the faded blue building. You are not required to sort bottles but keeping them in a bag or the cardboard container they come in is helpful. This reduces the time to sort through them. Empty, clean and unbroken bottles are acceptable. Several barrels are available outside the faded blue building to drop items into.

Putney VOLUNTEERS will accept ONLY the following:

When purchased in Vermont:

    • Liquor and spirits
  • Beer, wine coolers, and other malt beverages
  • Soft drinks and other carbonated beverages
  • “Deposit Refund” glass and plastic bottles

Putney VOLUNTEERS DO NOT ACCEPT the following:

  • Water, milk, juice, sports drinks, and other non-carbonated beverages
  • Beverages purchased out of state
  • Or trash such as Dunkin Donuts/MacDonald’s bags
  • Recyclables
  • Tin cans (soup, tuna fish etc.)
  • Plastic cake dishes

This facility is not a dumping place for recycling and/or trash. Please be kind, use this facility for redeeming “deposit refund” bottles and plastics only. Thank you for supporting the environment and our public pool.

If anyone is interested in assisting with sorting of bottles please contact the Town Hall at 802.387.5862 extension 12.


Karen M. Astley, Town Manager