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Possible increase in bottle deposit to ten cents

Ed Townsend
Posted 1/25/22

We may be looking at new legislation in Albany that would modernize the Bottle Bill and increase the returnable bottle deposit to ten cents.

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston wants to …

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We may be looking at new legislation in Albany that would modernize the Bottle Bill and increase the returnable bottle deposit to ten cents.

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill of Kingston wants to modernize the Bottle Bill and has introduced legislation that will update the New York State Returnable Container Law, expanding the list of redeemable bottles and raising the deposit to a ten-cent return.

In a statement to the Daily Freeman, Cahill, a Democrat, representing the 101st Assembly District in introducing this bill said, “The Bottle Law is the most successful waste diversion and recycling program offered by New York State,” and, “increasing the deposit and adding containers for wine, iced tea and sports drinks will further incentivize returning these materials and remove litter from our roads and waterways.”

The article about the new legislation in the Daily Freeman further states that the concept for this overhaul, originally introduced to the state legislature in 2002, was passed in the Assembly in 2005 but died in the Senate.

Furthermore, the Daily Freeman reports that in 2009 plastic water bottles were added to the deposit.

The article also says that Cahill’s proposed legislation will include a five-cent increase to the deposit, expand eligible beverage containers to include certain wine and liquor bottles, dairy products, ice teas and sports drinks and will increase the handling fee of redemption centers from 3.5 cents to 5 cents.

According to Cahill’s office the bill would also keep plastics from being sent to landfills.

The Daily Freeman added that Cahill’s legislation has become a priority for environmental agency groups such as the New York Public Interest Research Group.

In a press release, Eric Wood, Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator at the New York Public Interest Research Group noted that municipal recycling programs are suffering due to large amounts of glass breakage in recycling loads.

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  • lhfc1563

    Don't forget that while at 5 cents, Cuomo boasted that 'this fund' had $150 million in it from those that didn't return the deposit bottles that he was going to spend.

    Making it 10 cents and adding all those other materials, that fund may triple and democrat Cahill would love to get that kind of money!

    All this continues on our backs, tho I do feel this will ****-up in his face!

    So, what has Cahill done about crime and ending drug addiction?

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