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This statement of support was circulated by the NYBBBB campaign coordinators and signed by all of its official endorsers. If you would like to use a similar statement in your bottle bill campaign, it is also available as an editable Microsoft Word document.
BUILDS ON THE SUCCESS OF NEW YORK STATE'S BOTTLE BILL: The Bottle Bill has been a resounding success, achieving beverage container recycling rates of 70% and above-in contrast to rates of under 30% in most non-deposit states. The New York deposit law has kept over 75 billion beverage containers out of landfills and incinerators since its inception-saving over 5 million tons of marketable aluminum, glass and plastics. The deposit system has also prevented untold billions of bottles and cans from being littered on the state's roads and highways, parks and beaches. S. 1696A/A. 3922A provides an opportunity to build on this unparalleled success.
When the New York Bottle Bill was enacted 20 years ago, single-serve, non-carbonated beverages were not included in the deposit law because they were virtually non-existent. During the 1990's, however, sales of so-called "new age" beverages, including single-serve juices, ready-to-drink teas, sports drinks, and bottled water, skyrocketed across the country. According the Container Recycling Institute, non-carbonated beverages account for approximately 22% of beverage sales in New York-2.5 billion cans and bottles a year, or 125 for every man, woman and child in the State. These "ineligible beverages" are growing at a much faster rate than beer and soft drinks for the foreseeable.
COMPLEMENTS CURBSIDE RECYCLING: Increasing numbers of beverages- especially single-serving bottled water, juices and teas--are being purchased for consumption in the car, at the office, in the park, at the beach, etc. Without a financial incentive for return, most consumers will not take these bottles and cans home to recycle in their curbside bins.
ELIMINATES CONSUMER CONFUSION: Including "non-carbonated beverages" will eliminate consumer confusion about which containers are eligible for return. Two states, Maine and California, have already updated their container deposit laws to include the new category of beverages that most certainly would have been included had they existed when the bills were enacted. Hawaii's new container deposit law, scheduled for implementation in January 2005, will include non-carbonated beverages, and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Michigan are considering expansion proposals in their current legislative sessions.
S. 1696A/A. 3922A OFFERS NEW YORK STATE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY to re-establish itself as a national leader in recycling and litter reduction, and to raise as much as $170 million for environmental programs. By voting to update the bottle bill, the New York legislature will be setting an important example for other states to follow.
*S. 1696A/A. 3922A is an act to amend the environmental conservation law and the state finance law, in relation to returnable beverage containers; and to repeal sections 27-1005, 27-1007 and subdivision 2 of section 27-1011 of the environmental conservation law relating thereto.
_______________________________strongly supports passage of the "Bigger Better Bottle Bill."