|Name||New York State Returnable Container Act|
|Purpose||Reduce litter, ease burden on solid waste facilities and encourage recycling activity|
|Regulations||New York State Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Title 10|
|Beverages Covered||Carbonated soft drinks, soda water, beer and other malt beverages, wine products and water which does not contain sugar (this excludes flavored or nutritionally enhanced water from the program)|
|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||5¢|
|Reclamation System||Retail stores and redemption centers|
|Unredeemed Deposits||80% retained by the State: $23 million goes to the state Environmental Protection Fund (and any escheats in excess of $122.2 million); remainder goes to the state's General Fund. 20% retained by deposit initiators (beverage distributors).|
2021 - 70.4%
|% of All Beverages Sold That Are Covered By Deposit||78% |
No one shall sell or offer for sale a beverage container in New York unless a deposit has been collected by a deposit initiator that is registered with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. A deposit initiator must also make arrangements for the pick-up and processing of empty containers and pay dealers and redemption centers for the deposits and a 3.5 cent handling fee on each empty beverage container. Also requires deposit initiators to report quarterly on deposit collected and redeemed and to remit 80% of the unredeemed deposits to Taxation and Finance.
 Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation, E-mail Communication with Jennifer Kruman. (8/9/18)
 "2019 Beverage Market Data Analysis." Container Recycling Institute. 2022.
Last Updated on August 5 2022.