New York Bottle Bill History

See Campaign History for the stories behind many of these changes.

 

  Original Law Chapter 146, 1983 1998 Amendment 2009 Amendment Current Law
Name New York State Returnable Container Law
Purpose Reduce litter, ease burden on solid waste facilities and encourage recycling activity
Enacted 6/15/1982 5/27/1983   4/7/2009  
Implemented 7/1/1983   12/1/1998 Delayed from original date of 6/1/2009 to 8/13/09 and 10/22/09  
Beverages Covered Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks & mineral water, wine coolers     Adds bottled water (effective Oct. 22, 2009) Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, water, wine coolers
Containers Covered airtight metal, glass, paper, plastic, or combination of the above, under 1 gallon       airtight metal, glass, paper, plastic, or combination of the above, under 1 gallon
Amount of Deposit      
Redemption Rate     (beer 77.4%) (soft drink 61.6%); (overall 70.2%) [i] Overall: 67.8%
Beer: 76.5%
Soda: 58.7%
Wine: 77.1%j
Overall: 66.8%
Beer: 75.2%
Soda: 56.8%
Wine: 64.7% k
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers       Retail stores and redemption centers
Unredeemed Deposits Retained by distributor/ bottlers     80% to the state General Fund; 20% retained by distributor Retained by distributor/ bottlers
Handling Fee 20% of refund value: 1¢ Changed to 1.5¢ Changed to 2¢ 3.5¢ 3.5¢
View Legislation     Law through June 1, 2009 Senate Bill 59 Current Law
Notes         Requires reporting of containers sold and redeemed by bottlers and distributors

Footnotes

[i] New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Beverage Container Deposit & Redemption Statistics (October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2002).

j] Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption Statistics. September 2006.

[k] Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption Statistics (October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007). http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/0607rcarpt.pdf