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|
|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||5¢||5¢|
|Redemption Rate||(beer 77.4%) (soft drink 61.6%); (overall 70.2%) [i]||Overall: 67.8%
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|
[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