- david allison
- New York, NY
- United States
A national bottle deposit of ten cents per container
The bottle deposit law in New York is a great law. It's a voluntary tax. If you don't want to pay the tax, then recycle for everyone's benefit. If you don't want to recycle, someone will do it for you. Thousands of New Yorkers support themselves by collecting empty cans every night. It's not an easy job that doesn't pay well, but anyone can do it and many who do can't fit into the traditional job market. I can't think of any workers in America who deserve a raise more.
Why not make a national bottle deposit law of ten cents per container. Thousands of jobs would be created for those who need them most as well as making for a cleaner America. Higher prices might also encourage Americans to consume less sugary drinks, leading to a healthier America.
Like most laws there would be winners and losers. The winners would be the homeless and the working poor as well as the average American living in a cleaner America. The losers would be corporate America who might see beverage profits drop and retailers who would be responsible for collecting at least some of the roadside trash they generate. Who needs the money more?