Better bottle bill receives support, but dies
in New York State Senate
Environmental groups praised the
New York State Assembly for passing the Bigger, Better, Bottle
Bill (A2517B-DiNapoli) June 20, and called on the State Senate
to take up the measure before they adjourned.
The Assembly passed the Bigger,
Better Bottle Bill by a vote of 98 to 40, with broad-based bipartisan
support. This is the first time since the bill was originally
introduced in 2002 that it has been voted on in the Assembly.
The bill, which has eight Senate cosponsors (S1290B-LaValle) and
strong support among the Senate minority, now goes to the Senate.
The “Bigger, Better Bottle
Bill” (A2517B, DiNapoli/S1290B LaValle) would extend the
current 5-cent 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.
Despite the Bigger, Better, Bottle
Bill's tremendous popular support, with endorsements from more
than 350 local governments, small businesses, and a broad range
of groups from across New York State, the New York State Senate
killed the expansion of the current bill by recessing on June
24th without even voting on the proposal. Stiff opposition has
been felt from well-financed industry groups such as beer wholesalers,
soda and beverage companies, and supermarket and convenience stores.