November 1, 2007
For the Record:
News and Notices from Local Elected Officials
... Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, D-Brooklyn, teamed up with student volunteers with the Brooklyn College chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), the American Littoral Society and local residents to conduct a much needed community litter cleanup at Coney Island Creek Park.
Brook-Krasny spoke at the event about passing the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in the 2008 legislative session. The Bigger Better Bottle Bill is an expansion of the Returnable Container Act of 1982 (commonly known as the Bottle Bill) and is intended to improve recycling in New York and prevent litter by updating New York’s 5-cent deposit law to include non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water and iced tea. It also would generate new funding for recycling and other environmental programs by requiring beverage companies to transfer unclaimed deposits to the state. Governor Eliot Spitzer championed the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in his state budget proposal for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
According to the Container Recycling Institute, updating the bottle bill to include non-carbonated beverages would capture more than two billion bottles and cans per year that would otherwise end up clogging our landfills or polluting our communities, rivers, and streams. It would also generate more than $180 million each year to help protect New York’s environment — money from the unclaimed deposits that is now being kept by the beverage distributors...