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Overall the national recycling rates are declining.  Experts say a variety of factors are at work here. Chief among them is a lack of refundable deposit laws. Such laws typically require that consumers pay an extra 5¢ to 10¢ per bottle at the time of purchase, a deposit that is then refunded when those bottles are returned for recycling. Currently only 10 states have deposit laws. Yet these 10 recycle more bottles and cans than the other 40 combined, a fact which speaks to the effectiveness of such simple, low-cost financial incentives. In fact, states that have bottle deposit laws achieve an average beverage container recycling rate of 78%. That’s roughly double the national average.