New York

Name New York State Returnable Container Law
Purpose Reduce litter, ease burden on solid waste facilities and encourage recycling activity
Enacted 6/15/1982
Implemented 7/1/1983
Beverages Covered Carbonated Soft Drinks, Soda Water, Beer and Other Malt Beverages, Wine Products and Water which does not contain sugar (including flavored or nutritionally enhanced water)
Containers Covered An individual, separate, sealed glass, metal, aluminum, steel or plastic bottle, can or jar less than 1 gallon or 3.78 liters.
Amount of Deposit
Redemption Rate

Overall: 66.8%
Beer: 75.2%
Soda: 56.8%
Wine: 64.7%j

Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers
Unredeemed Deposits 80% to the state General Fund; 20% retained by distributor
Handling Fee 3.5¢


Requires reporting of containers sold and redeemed by bottlers and distributors


[j] Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption Statistics (October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007).

Updated December 17, 2014

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