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[greenyes] ACTION ALERT on New York Expanded Bottle Bill
DO YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK STATE?  DO YOU SUPPORT EXPANDING THE BOTTLE BILL TO
INCLUDE ALL NON-CARBONATED BEVERAGES (JUICE AND SPORTS DRINKS, TEAS, BOTTLED
WATER)?  IF SO, PLEASE READ THIS ACTION ALERT FROM NYPIRG!

ACTION ALERT - Last Chance to Pass the Bigger, Better Bottle Bill this
session!

With the State Legislature expected to wrap up by the end of June, we need
to make one more push to pass A.3922A, the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, this
year.  A.3922A would expand New York's successful bottle bill to cover
non-carbonated beverage containers, and would require beverage manufacturers
to return unredeemed deposits to the state to fund local recycling and waste
prevention programs.


ACTION NEEDED NOW!

Contact Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and urge him to pass A.3922A, the
Bigger Better Bottle Bill, this year!

Address letters to:
Hon. Sheldon Silver
Speaker, New York State Assembly
932 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248

Call:  518-455-3791 or 212-312-1400

Fax:  518-455-5459 (fax) or 212-312-1418 (fax)


SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Speaker Silver,

I urge you to bring A.3922A, "the Bigger, Better Bottle Bill," to the
Assembly floor for a vote this session.  New York's Bottle Bill, which you
cosponsored in 1982, is the state's most successful recycling and litter
prevention program.  Over the past twenty years, more than 75 billion
bottles and cans have been returned and recycled through the Bottle Bill,
diverting more than 5.2 million tons of glass, plastic and metal from
landfills and incinerators.

But the Bottle Bill needs to be updated to respond to changes in consumer
habits and to make it even more effective.  A.3922A, sponsored by
Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, would expand the Bottle Bill to include
non-carbonated beverages such as bottled water, juice, iced tea and sports
drinks, which now make up more than 22% of the drinks sold in New York, and
more than 60% of the bottles and cans littering our parks, beaches and
roadsides.  It would also require the beverage industry to turn over
unredeemed deposits to the state to fund municipal recycling and waste
prevention programs, which would generate an estimated $172 million a year
in new revenue to fund essential environmental programs.

Please pass A. 3922A this year.

Sincerely,
your name & address

!! Send copies of your letter to your State Assemblymember (if you don't
know who that is, call your County Board of Elections or visit:
http://www.elections.state.ny.us/sboemaps/maps.htm)


FOR MORE INFO
For more information about the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, visit
http://www.nybottlebill.org


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