Bottle bill to go into effect
The updated bottle bill has had its problems. It covers only water not many of the other drinks environmentalists wanted. And it landed in court.
But this week, a federal judge lifted an injunction. Federal District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts ordered most provisions of the “Bigger Better Bottle Bill” to go into effect immediately, and the bottled water expansion to take place in October.
According to Laura Haight of NYPIRG, the order means:
“The state can start collecting 80% of the unclaimed deposits on beverage containers covered under the law;
The handling fee increase will now go into effect, raising the compensation to stores and redemption centers from 2 cents to 3.5 cents for each container they recycle;
The expansion of the law to include bottled water will likely take place on October 22.
In addition, Judge Batts permanently enjoined the New York State-specific UPC labeling code requirements from going into effect, which many businesses complained about as being unduly onerous and the bottled water lawsuit challenged as unconstitutional.”
On another topic, this is my last post for a week. I’m away on vacation.