Bigger Better Bottle Water Bill

May 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm 1 comment

In 2002, the New York Public Research Interest Group (NYPIRG) began a campaign to reform recycled bottle legislation in New York…and recently they won this uphill battle.   This means that, “starting June 1st, 2009, all bottled water sold in New York under a gallon in size will require a 5-cent deposit.   In addition, beverage companies will now have to transfer 80% of the unclaimed deposits they collect to the state.  Finally, the new law will improve the infrastructure for collecting and recycling bottles and cans, making it more convenient for people to return their empty containers.”

This is a great triumph, especially because it “increase(s) funding for recycling and other environmental programs by requiring beverage companies to turn over the millions of dollars in unclaimed bottle deposits that they keep each year to the state.”  Let’s hope the State does right and manages that money for what its meant for – recycling!


As well, as a prod from ecosumo, we’d like to make a suggestion – how about the state uses that money to get behind a comprehensive plan to force providers of disposable water bottles to 1) reduce waste in production of disposable water bottles and 2) create programs to encourage consumers to stop buying water in disposable bottles and use tap water in reusable water bottles.

You can read more at the NYPIRD effort here: NYPIRG Scores Landmark Environmental Victory with Passage of Expanded Bottle Bill.

Congrats NYPIRG


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. McGreenGal  |  June 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We could save so much plastic from being thrown away in our landfills by reusing water bottles. I have one of these EcoSumo reusable bottles, and they are great!

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