the "Bottle Bill"
to include non-carbonated beverages in 5¢ can and bottle
Neighborhood Network is working with a coalition of environmental
groups to expand the existing New York State deposit bottle law
to include non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water, iced
tea, juices, and sports drinks. Currently
State Law covers only carbonated drinks (beer and soda). Bills
have been introduced in the State Senate and Assembly, as well
as the Suffolk County Legislature, that would put a deposit on
non-carbonated beverage containers.
The original "bottle
bill" has been an overwhelming environmental success, greatly
reducing litter in New York State. When it was adopted in the
1980s, non-carbonated soft drinks were a miniscule portion of
the beverage market, now they account for more than 22% of all
bottled and canned drinks sold. As a result, these non-redeemable
beverage containers are becoming an increasing source of litter
in our communities. Including them in the deposit law would reduce
litter and increase recycling rates.
- It takes the same
amount of energy to make one can from virgin materials as it
does to make four cans from recycled cans.
- Aluminum cans are
recycled at rates above 80% in states with deposit laws.
- The energy saved
from recycling a glass bottle will light a 100-watt bulb for
- Glass produced from
recycled glass instead of raw material reduces related air pollution
by 20 percent and water pollution by 50 percent.
- Recycling 1 ton
of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000-2,000 gallons of gasoline.
The proposed expanded
bottle bills would exempt wine, liquor, and milk.
Call, write or email
your State Assembly
Member and State Senator today. Tell them that you support
the bigger, better bottle bill (A.2517d/S.1290 sponsored by Assemblyman
Thomas DiNapoli and Senator Kenneth LaValle, respectively.)