From the NY Times:
A good new deposit bill could encourage recycling of new classes of beverage bottles and also provide financing for curbside programs that capture other kinds of recyclable waste, like juice cartons, ketchup bottles and mayonnaise jars. These are all made from the same plastic and glass as soda, beer and water bottles, yet fewer than one in five of them are being recycled. Since such containers are not subject to deposit laws, their recycling is driven only by moral imperative or local ordinances, and these incentives function best when supported by robust curbside recycling programs or other easy recycling options.
Unfortunately, the New York Legislature passed a bottle law last month that not only fails to accomplish these goals but will actually harm the recycling programs New York has. It is an ugly sausage that was cooked up by lobbyists for makers of sugared drinks and their allies in the Legislature. Instead of requiring deposits for all the new beverage categories, as Gov. David Paterson originally proposed, New York’s new bottle law covers bottled water only — unless that water contains added sugar.
That’s not a misprint. The Legislature, which began the year promising to lead national efforts against obesity and diabetes, exempted from the deposit law all noncarbonated beverages that contain added sugar. That means consumers are expected to pay more for zero-calorie choices than they will for sugar-filled options like teas and sports and juice drinks. The markup will encourage millions of New Yorkers, and especially price-sensitive populations like the poor and children, to consume sugar-spiked beverages instead of water.
How about exempting NYC from this altogether since we already have mandatory recycling of most plastics, which in turn makes money for the City? Let's be honest: If you actually do bring your bottles back for the deposit, you usually have to stand in line behind a bum that monopolizes the smelly machine for a 1/2 hour until it's too full for you to use... the same bum that probably trespassed on your property hours earlier to rifle through your trash looking for bottles and cans to redeem. (And the NYPD will tell you that the "bum looking for recyclables" is now a ruse used by burglars.) Ramp up the sanitation/recycling enforcement and put an end to the madness once and for all.