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October 26, 2009

18 WETM

ELMIRA HEIGHTS - Local bottlers are scrambling before a new bottle bill is expected to take affect later this week. 

Starting Friday, you will be paying an extra nickel for a bottle of water.

Last week a U.S. District Court Judge issued an order lifting an injunction that was blocking the new deposits.    

Bottlers got the injunction in June so they'd have more time to prepare.  But now bottlers, like John Potter who owns Seneca Beverage in Elmira heights, says the state has not provided them with any rules on what do.  Potter says his company plans to begin labeling all his bottled water once he gets the labels.    

Potter also says the new bill will not be an incentive for recycling. 

“I don't think it's going to do anything I don think 50 percent of this stuff will come back.  It will be a windfall for the state of New York so it basically just another tax and the consumers will have to pay for it,” says Potter.

The Food Industry Alliance of New York State says it will mean consumers will pay $2 more for a 24 pack of water.  Eighty percent of unclaimed deposits will go to the state budget.

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