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Bottled Beverage Price Increase Effective November 30th | 4 Comments |
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Bottled Beverage Price Increase Effective November 30th Comment from pwarrender on 11/30/2009
You're correct: The New York State Returnable Container Law went into effect in 1983. However, the law was amended this year to allow bottlers to charge an additional 5 cent redemption handling fee on carbonated beverages to retailers (like us!) and dealers (like supermarkets). This handling fee is not indicated on the bottle; only the 5 cent deposit that you can get back from a redemption center is indicated.

As a result, our suppliers charge us 5 cents MORE per bottle for carbonated beverages as of November 8th, and 10 cents more for bottled water (that's the 5 cent deposit, plus the 5 cent handling fee) than before.

By the way: in addition to the state recovering 80% of the unclaimed deposits charged by bottlers every year (this has always been the case), the state will now also recover 80% of the handling fees of unclaimed deposits from bottlers.
Bottled Beverage Price Increase Effective November 30th Comment from cpollock on 11/30/2009
Thank you very much for the detailed explanation - I really appreciate it!