BOTTLE BILL AT 25: Law Celebrates Remarkable Success

Kruman, Jennifer
August 2007
New York State Conservationist;Aug2007, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p20
The article provides information on the Returnable Container Act, better known as the Bottle Bill, which was signed by New York Governor Hugh Carey in 1982. Its original purpose was to lessen litter by encouraging returns of empty beverage containers, including carbonated soft drinks, beer and soda water. The law mandates consumers to pay a 5¢ deposit on various beverages in small containers. New York residents have redeemed and recycled more than 90 billion containers since the bill's inception.


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