March 8, 2009
Letter to the Editor
Recycling, Not a Bottle Bill
Re “Nickels to Clean New York” (editorial, Feb. 26):
Rather than adding additional costs to beverages through the expansion of the bottle bill, New York should focus on comprehensive recycling that addresses all products in the waste stream.
Curbside programs can be of far more value to residents — and the environment — than any forced deposit program. That’s why the beverage industry has a longstanding commitment to supporting recycling.
The true value of recycling is in helping the environment. Comprehensive recycling does not discriminate against any particular packaging as a bottle bill does, and allows for materials to be recycled in a clean and efficient manner.
Bottle bills are expensive to carry out and maintain. They also undermine the good intentions of our citizens, who know how simple it is to affect the environment in a positive way.
American Beverage Association
Washington, Feb. 27, 2009