How does New York’s Bottle Bill work?
New York State’s Returnable Container Act requires every deposit initiator to collect a $.05 deposit on beverage containers containing less than one gallon of carbonated soft drinks, beer, malt beverages, wine coolers or water, sold in New York.
A deposit initiator is the first bottler, distributor, dealer or agent to collect the deposit on a beverage container sold in New York State. You’re a deposit initiator if you:
- Bottle beverages in beverage containers
- Distribute beverages in beverage containers
- Sell beverages in beverage containers
- Act as an agent on behalf of a registered deposit initiator
Dealers (“retailers”) pay the distributor or deposit initiator at least a 5-cent deposit for each beverage container purchased.
Consumers pay the dealers the deposit for each beverage container purchased. (we pay $.05 to Pepsico and Arizona Teas to litter our environment with every purchase)
Consumers may then return their empty beverage containers to a dealer or redemption center to get their deposit back.
Retailers and redemption centers are reimbursed the deposit plus a 3.5-cent handling fee by the distributor or the deposit initiator for each empty beverage container returned.
Carbonated Soft Drinks, Sparkling Water, Carbonated Energy Drinks, Carbonated Juice (anything less than 100% juice, containing added sugar or water)
Beer and Other Malt Beverages
Mineral Water – Both carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water
Water that is flavored or nutritionally enhanced
What beverages are not covered by NY’s Bottle Bill?
Wine and Liquors
Sports Drinks there is no contact info for Gatorade
Waters Containing Sugar
Let’s look at what is littered on our streets from Gatorade and Arizona Teas. Both companies do not have deposit agreements with NY. I encounter this litter everyday on my 15 minute walk to work from Clinton Hill to Downtown Brooklyn on Dekalb Ave.
Take a moment to learn which companies have deposits for your state. It makes a difference.
The consumer deposit tax is not the best system to protect our environment but that is a topic for another blog.
Until next time,