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.
But it can be even better with a few important tweaks!
We are asking Governor Hochul and our NY State elected officials to (1) Expand the Bottle Bill to include wine, spirits, hard cider, and most non-carbonated beverages; (2) Increase the deposit from 5-cents to 10-cents; and (3) Use the additional revenues to boost enforcement and to expand redemption centers into “food deserts” that limit consumers’ ability to redeem their deposits.
These are proven changes to reduce litter, increase recycling rates, and expand access to recycling infrastructure. Take two minutes and send a message to your elected officials asking them to update the Bottle Bill!