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Activists urge Governor Kathy Hochul to modernize Bottle Bill

The Bottle Bill is also known as the New York State Returnable Container Act, and environmental activists want it modernized.

They gathered at the capital on Monday to call on Governor Kathy Hochul to get it done.

The bill was passed in 1983, making 2023 its 40th anniversary according to WENY News. The bill was expanded in 2009 to include bottled water as well.


Now advocates are asking that other types of beverage containers be included as well. This includes wine, liquor, and other non-carbonated drinks.

Another change advocates are asking for is to increase the price of the deposit from $0.05 to $0.10.

The increase would help those who depend on bottles and cans to better support their families. Many people who run redemption centers do so to make a living.

Advocates hope to see the change in the 2023-2024 executive budget.

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