2009-01-30 / Letters

Support The Better Bottle Bill

Dear Editor,

Let's celebrate the new administration in Washington by getting down to work in our state capital and passing a budget that includes the Bigger Better Bottle Bill revenue. The measure would add the nickel deposit to cans and bottles of non-carbonated beverages such as water, iced tea, juice and sports drinks, as well as require the beverage companies to turn over unredeemed deposits to the state to fund environmental protection programs. We're not talking peanuts here; this new source of revenue could go as high as $200 million a year!

These beverages come in the same types of containers as beer and soda but were not included in the original legislation since they were not on the radar screen when the original bottle bill was passed a quarter of a century ago. They are often consumed away from home and discarded on our beaches and roadways, in our parks and waterways. Volunteers in our Annual New York Beach Cleanup have documented that these containers are found two to three times as often as those with the deposit.

This issue is not just about aesthetics. Litter is not only unsightly; it is a hazard for humans and wildlife. Think broken glass in the playground and on the beach or shredded aluminum cans in mown hay consumed by livestock. Think of less oil used to make the plastic bottles; think of less carbon emissions.

Urge your state legislators to support the Bigger Better Bottle Bill.


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