Bills to Watch in 2012 – A Bigger, Better Bottle Bill

S. 195 AN ACT RELATING TO THE SCOPE OF BEVERAGE CONTAINER REDEMPTION AND REMISSION OF UNCLAIMED BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEPOSITS

Sponsored by Sen. Lyons & Pollina
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

S. 176 AN ACT RELATING TO THE BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEPOSIT-REDEMPTION SYSTEM

Sponsored by Sen. Illuzzi & White
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

Strengthening the Bottle Bill will take two main forms: updating it so that you’ll be able to redeem water bottles and other non-carbonated beverage containers (including hard cider and wine bottles), and closing the “unclaimed nickel” loophole.  That way, the deposits from unredeemed containers will go back to the State to be reinvested in recycling programs.