Taxing Bottled Water as an Environmental Policy, Andrew Stevens, Peter Berck, and Sofia Berto Villas-Boas

April 25, 2016

Litter from plastic water bottles is an environmental concern for cities and states throughout the country. One potential policy response to this issue is to implement a consumer tax on bottled water in hopes that the subsequent reduction in total sales translates into less litter. We explore evidence from Washington state to analyze how effective and efficient a consumer tax on bottled water is as an environmental policy.