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June 3, 2008

News 10 Now

City urges state to pass Bigger Better Bottle Bill

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Binghamton City Council wants you to be able to redeem your bottled water bottles. But more importantly, they want to clean up pollution in the air and on the ground.

"We've had these neighborhood cleanups, a lot of what we're picking up are plastic bottles, none of which are returnable. They're in the sewers, thrown in the sides of yards," said Binghamton City Council member Charles Kramer.

Despite the city's recycling efforts, council members say they still see a lot of drink bottles that don't end up in curbside bins.

"We have a very good recycling process here in the city of Binghamton and we still have a lot of these non-carbonated beverages that are not getting recycled," said Binghamton City Council president Marty Gerchman.

Since 1982, when the original bottle bill put a five-cent deposit on carbonated drink containers, non-carbonated beverages have grown to more than 25 percent of the market.

Council member Kramer said passing a resolution in favor of the bill sends a message to the state that recycling non-carbonated drink bottles is important.

"As we get more and more green it reduces the amount of pollution in the air. I mean, to produce these bottles takes a lot of energy and it's a lot easier to recycle than it is to make the original," said Kramer.

The Bigger Better Bottle Bill was introduced in 2006. Despite being approved twice by the State Assembly, it has yet to be voted on by the Senate.

"I hope that Senator Libous will reconsider his support of this bill and help move it through the State Senate," said Gerchman.

The bill moves through Assembly committees again this year.

The resolution urging the state to pass the Bigger Better Bottle Bill was voted on unanimously by the council, 7-0.


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