Statement from The Business Council of New York State on the Expanded Bottle Bill Legislation



“Today, environmental groups are again calling for an expanded and more expensive bottle deposit law in New York State. The Business Council opposes such legislation for a number of reasons, outlined in our recent memo in opposition.

From a business perspective, we see this bill running contrary to the “affordability” theme being raised by the governor and legislative leaders, as this legislation imposes additional costs on consumers, with a disproportionate impact on low-income consumers.

As the state continues to consider broad “producer responsibility” legislation for a wide range of packaging, it makes little policy sense to also expand a parallel post-consumer material management program.”