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Re: [GreenYes] NYC: It gets even better ... Not
Pat Franklin has the following information about the environmental effects 
of the NY deposit law posted here:

A detailed report by Franklin Associates, Ltd. estimated that the volume of 
discarded beverage containers was reduced by 72 percent annually, from 47.5 
million cubic feet to 13.1 million cubic feet. The study estimated that the 
34.1 million cubic feet saved by the deposit law was approximately equal to 
all of the municipal waste generated by a city the size of Rochester over a 
period of nearly three years. The study also found that recycling rates 
increased dramatically after the bill's passage, with aluminum cans 
increasing from 18 percent to 82 percent; glass one-way bottles from 5 
percent to 79 percent; and PET bottles from 1 percent to 57 percent. 
Finally, the study estimated the deposit law saves the state 11.5 trillion 
BTU's (British thermal units) or the equivalent of 2 million barrels of oil 
annually. [iv]

At 11:56 AM 02/13/2002 -0500, Marjorie J. Clarke wrote:

>Is there anybody out there who can give us some economic figures that we 
>can use to stop this from going any further?

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