Sen. Hannon Alerts Public of Lifted Bottle Bill Injunction
You will soon be getting cash back when you return your water bottles for recycling. Bottled water in less than one gallon bottles will have a refundable five-cent deposit per bottle like beer and soda after October 31st . A U.S. District Attorney Judge lifted an injunction against the deposits, part of the expanded state recycling bill.
“The bottle bill has remained one of New York’s most successful recycling initiatives,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (6th District).
The measure is part of New York’s “bigger better bottle bill,” enacted in an effort to encourage recycling efforts and obtain unclaimed funds for the benefit of the State.
Since the enactment of the initial bottle bill in 1982 and prior to this new provision, beverages such as bottled water, juices and teas have been introduced into the consumer stream without the refundable five-cent deposit. As a direct result, many of these containers are thrown in the trash and end up in landfills, curtailing the State’s recycling efforts.
Following the lift of this injunction, 80 percent of the annual unclaimed deposits, which had previously been kept by distributors and bottlers, will be returned to the people of the State of New York for environmental purposes.