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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Message in a Bottle

New York State's bottle deposit law has only covered beer and soda bottles for the last 25 years. Bottles of water, juices, teas, etc. are not worth 5 cents upon their return so they are the majority of bottles that litter.

The NYC Chapter collected bags and bags of non-deposit bottles on NY beaches in one short afternoon. They brought these non-deposit bottles; mostly plastic, to the state capitol in Albany for a press event with the Central Long Island Chapter, the Eastern Long Island Chapter, the New Rochelle High School Environmental Club, and the American Littoral Society, State Senators, Assembly Members, and a representative from the Governor's office.

They presented their "Message in A Bottle" to pass the Bigger Better Bottle Bill in a fantastic press event. Photos here News articles here and here.

Special thanks to Chris Wade the driving force behind this, to Laura Haight of NY PIRG for help with logistics and press, Adam Wiener for driving people and bottles to Albany, AJ Abrams, and P. Claire Pertalion too.


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