Redemption centers, environmental groups urge bottle bill expansion, deposit increase to ten cents

A number of businesses and environmental organizations urged Governor Kathy Hochul Thursday to expand the types of containers covered under the state’s bottle bill and to increase the amount charged to purchasers for deposits.

Spectrum News quotes some redemption centers and recycling companies and the NY Public Interest Research group as saying other states have begun to add wine and liquor bottles under their return laws. The groups also say it’s time to boost the deposit to ten cents so redemption centers can remain profitable in the wake of wage increases. Michigan and Oregon have gone to ten cent deposits

New York’s bottle bill, with a five cent deposit, was first approved in 1982. It covers beer, soda and wine coolers. Water bottles were added to the list a decade ago.

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