New York Bottle Law Goes Retro Will the Brewers Help?
Retroactive, that is. But first, let's get caught up. Recall that New York passed an amendment to their bottle bill which increased the handling fee that wholesalers pay to retailers and recycling centers from 2 cents to 3.5 cents per container, and that was supposed to go into effect on June 1. And the state also said it will take 80% of the unredeemed deposits, thankee very much, previously kept by distributors to help offset the price of handling returnables, which was supposed to be effective April 15. They also extended the bottle deposits to bottled water, and of course they came up with the idea of a New York-only UPC code, which the lawyers tell me would have serious constitutional problems .