Legislative Memo


A.3922 (DiNapoli)



Expanded Bottle Bill



May 31, 2004


The Business Council opposes A.3922, which would expand the state's bottle bill to cover most beverage containers, and "capture" an increased amount of unclaimed bottle deposits so that they can be used to finance an expanded state spending program.

Our opposition to this measure is fourfold:

New York State continues to operate two separate state-wide recycling programs – mandated municipal recycling for those post-consumer wastes with an "conomic market," and mandated store-based recycling for certain beverage containers. Shifting materials from one mandated recycling program to another will produce limited benefits to the state, while imposing significant additional costs and inconvenience on consumers and businesses alike.

For these reasons, The Business Council opposes adoption of A.3922