Businesses in New York on Thursday urged Gov. Kathy Hochul to expand the kinds of beverage containers that are covered by the state's bottle deposit law as well as increase the amount received on redemption.
The push comes as Hochul next week is set to unveil her first budget plan, which is due to pass in the Legislature by the end of March.
The businesses, which include bottle redemption centers and recycling companies, along with the New York Public Interest Research Group and environmental organizations, pointed to other states having expanded their own bottle return provisions to include wine and liquor bottles.
At the same time, including the amount of the deposite returned to 10 cents would provide a boost to handling fees for businesses that are paid for collecting containers. The boosted deposit could also help redemption centers remain profitable as the state's minimum wage increases. Michigan and Oregon both have 10-cent deposits on their container return laws.
New York's bottle bill was first approved in 1982, setting a 5-cent refund for bottle returns to be recycled. The current list of beverage containers that can be returned include water bottles, as well as beer, soda and wine coolers. Water bottles were added to the list a decade ago.