See: takeback info for residents: bottles and cans and takeback info for businesses: bottles and cans on this site and new york's bottle bill at NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation.
UPDATE: An amendment signed into law on April 7, 2009, significantly expanding the Bottle Bill. The requirement for a NY specific Universal Product Code has been stalled by litigation, however other aspects of the law are in effect. See New York's Bottle Bill at NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation for updates.
Law: Laws of NY State (Search for Environmental Conservation Law (ENV), Article 27, Title 10: Litter and Solid Waste Control)
Regulations: NY Codes, Rules and Regulations (Search for Title 6, Chapter IV, Subchapter B, Part 367: Returnable Beverage Containers) Regulations also posted by NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Summary: The NY State Returnable Container Act, known as the "Bottle Bill", originally enacted in 1982, facilitates the recycling of beverage containers by requiring a deposit on specified types of beverage bottles and cans, which can be redeemed at covered retail stores or recycling centers. The regulations for this law provide a mechanism for collection of empty beverage containers, foster redemption systems which facilitate recycling and reuse of empty beverage containers, and aim to minimize costs without inconveniencing consumers.
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