New Yorkers for Affordable Recycling

Bottle Bill Expansion Will Result in Higher Costs for New Yorkers.


Counterproductive to environmental goals; costly for consumers.

Governor Cuomo and other elected officials have proposed placing a forced 5 cent deposit on even more beverages – such as juice drinks, teas and sports drinks. This would amount to a new $74 million tax on consumers.

New York’s forced deposit law was enacted more than 35 years ago, long before the widespread use of curbside recycling. When compared to modern recycling systems, the current deposit law is costly and cumbersome. New Yorkers who choose to recycle at home or are unable to haul cans and bottles to a redemption center are paying a 5 cent tax on their beverages – and that is in addition to what they are already paying for curbside recycling.

Everyone wants to increase recycling rates, but why would we expand an outdated and inconvenient forced deposit system when we can instead strengthen modern, convenient curbside recycling and community recycling programs?

We know forced deposits don’t improve recycling rates. They place a hidden tax on consumers, cost local businesses tens of millions of dollars and raise the cost of curbside removal for cities and towns.

Let’s encourage our lawmakers to take a thoughtful approach to our state’s recycling challenges, instead of throwing more money at a system that is counterproductive to achieving our environmental goals. New York can and should be a leader in building a modern, sustainable recycling system.

Put a stop to forced deposits and hidden fees – contact your state legislator now!

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