Could New York raise the deposit on bottles and cans to ten cents? A bill sponsored by State Senator Rachel May would do so.
Speaking on FLX Morning, the senator for New York’s 48th Senate District said that, after attending a recent senate hearing, she believes the increase is necessary to keep redemption centers in business.
“The biggest issue we heard was from the redemption centers which can’t stay in business because they only get three cents per bottle for their operations and that’s just not enough for them to pay their workers,” said May.
If approved, redemption centers would collect six cents per bottle for their operations.
The bill would also add more types of containers to the list of those requiring a deposit. May said that this is necessary to modernize the law.
“The bottle bill was enacted 40 years ago… we have so many different kinds of beverages that we didn’t have back then like sports drinks and flavored waters and things like that.”
The bill is currently in the Senate Finance Committee.