We are asking Governor Hochul and our NY State elected officials to pass NY Senate Bill 237 and Assembly Bill 6353. This bill would expand the current NY Bottle Bill to: (1) Include wine, spirits, hard cider, and most non-carbonated beverages; (2) Increase the deposit from 5-cents to 10-cents; and (3) Require the use of specific amounts of recycled materials in plastic, aluminum, and glass beverage containers.
First enacted in 1982, the New York State Returnable Container Act, commonly known as the “Bottle Bill,” requires a 5-cent refundable deposit to be placed on eligible beverage containers. In 2009, the law was expanded to include bottled water. Over its nearly 40-year history, New York’s Bottle Bill has proven to be a highly effective program to reduce litter and increase recycling rates.
States with bottle deposit laws have a beverage container recycling rate of around 60%, while non-deposit states only reach about 24%. Michigan and Oregon have already increased their deposit to 10 cents, leading to an immediate increase in recycling redemption rates. A mere inflation update would likely make a 5-cent deposit in 1982 nearly fifteen cents today. It’s past time for New York to raise its deposit to a dime.
These are proven changes to reduce litter, increase recycling rates, and increase the use of recycled materials. Take two minutes and send a message to your elected officials asking them to update the NY Bottle Bill! Thank you.