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NYS Senate blocks bottle deposit reform amid inflation concerns

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New York Senate leaders have halted legislation to reform the state’s bottle deposit system, fearing it could exacerbate inflation and rising costs before upcoming elections.

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The proposed updates included doubling the deposit to 10 cents, expanding container types, and increasing the handling fee for redemption centers. Martin Naro, president of the Empire State Redemption Association, warned that without reform, more single-use containers could overwhelm food stores or become waste. Over 150 redemption centers have closed in the past 18 months.

Sen. Rachel May, who sponsored the bill, emphasized the need for a fair system to encourage more bottle returns. Legislative leaders, however, rejected the proposal, concerned that increased costs would be passed to consumers. Talks also stalled over how to allocate unclaimed deposit funds. Efforts to amend the proposal will continue next session.