New York State Assembly passes bigger, better bottle bill two-to-one
Environmental groups and elected officials
praised the New York State Assembly for passing the Bigger,
Better, Bottle Bill (A2517D-DiNapoli), and called on the State
Senate to take up the measure this session.
After a three and a half hour floor debate,
the Assembly passed the “Bigger, Better Bottle Bill”
by a vote of 91 to 45, with broad-based bipartisan support.
This is the second year that the Assembly has backed the bill;
last year it passed on June 20th, just days before the session
ended. The bill, which has six majority Senate cosponsors (S1290D-LaValle)
and strong support among the Senate minority, now goes to the
The bill has the backing of environmentalists,
civic groups, farmers, local governments, and many small businesses.
“We applaud the New York State Assembly
for its overwhelming endorsement of an updated bottle bill,”
said Jennifer Gitlitz, research director for the Container Recycling
Institute. “This popular and effective recycling and litter
prevention program deserves to be voted on by the full Senate.”
The “Bigger, Better Bottle Bill”
(A2517D, DiNapoli/S1290D LaValle) would extend the current $.05
container deposit law to include non-carbonated beverages like
bottled water and iced tea. It would also require beverage companies
to return the unclaimed deposits to the state to fund recycling
and other environmental protection programs.
The Bottle Bill is New York’s most effective
litter prevention and recycling program. As soon as the law
went into effect, New Yorkers could see the difference—fewer
bottles and cans along roadsides, less broken glass in streets
and playgrounds, cleaner beaches and parks. Driven by the nickel
deposit, more than 90 billion bottles and cans have been returned
and recycled in New York since 1982. The 70% return rate enjoyed
by the bottle bill far exceeds municipal recycling rates in