The Bigger Bottle Bill is being discussed in the NY State Legislature during this month’s session. Even with the changing of the guard, The Budget is slated to be offered April 1st.
I would like to see the Bottle Bill modified to include non-carbonated beverages.
There are over 600 organizations lobbying the New York State Legislature to include the "Bigger Better Bottle Bill" in the budget. I think our voices in the Hudson Valley should join those organizations.
The original Bottle Bill of 1982, requires a five-cent refundable deposit on carbonated drinks sold in New York, which means consumers can return their empty bottles and cans to their local grocery store and receive five cents for each can.Over 90 billion bottles and cans have been recycled and returned as a result of the bill, according to http://www.nyprig.org/ . However, the time has come to make two modifications:
1. Require beverage distributors to transfer any unclaimed deposits to the State Environmental Protection Fund. (beverage companies do not return the estimated $140 million a year in unclaimed deposits)
2. Include water bottles (no one thirty years ago expected water to be a big seller)
About 3 billion non-carbonated beverage bottles and cans are thrown away every year because they do not have refundable deposits, and these drinks are projected to exceed soda sales by 2010 .Who would lobby against this Bill? All the major bottling companies like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Anheiser Busch. Why? Because the beverage companies are currently keeping the unclaimed deposits which could total between $85 million and $150 million a year.
If that wasn’t enough, Joe Bruno is preventing the State Senate from voting on this advanced bottle bill. Why? Because of the huge campaign donations from the same bottling companies. What has changed? The Governor!
Paterson is a strong supporter of the bigger bottle bill. While everyone is still swooning over his comforting demeanor, the ability to convince Bruno to bring the bill to the floor before the Budget is done will be quite the challenge. But we can help…
Contact our NY Senators and demand that it is offered on the floor and voted on by the end of March. www.senate.state.ny.us/senatehomepage.nsf/senators