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New York's Bottle Bill

Returnable Container Act (RCA)

The 2013-2014 New York State Fiscal Year Budget included amendments to the Bottle Bill. See the 2013 Amendments (PDF, 24 kB) for more info.

A consumer redeeming his empty beverage containers in a reverse vending machine

A summary of the amendments is also available on the 2013 Amendments to New York State's Bottle Bill webpage, and includes important information about new requirements for deposit initiators, dealers, redemption centers, and redeemers.

The Success of New York's Bottle Bill

The New York State Returnable Container Act, also known as the "Bottle Bill", has been a tremendous success. Since its passage, the Bottle Bill has achieved significant impacts to create a cleaner and healthier New York. The Bottle Bill has:

  • reduced roadside container litter by 70 percent;
  • recycled 90 billion containers, equal to 6 million tons of materials, at no cost to local governments;
  • saved more than 52 million barrels of oil; and
  • eliminated 200,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year.

When the Bottle Bill was passed in 1982 non-carbonated drinks like iced teas, sport drinks and bottled water made up a small fraction of the beverage market. Today, non-carbonated water makes up more than 23 percent of the market.

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