Assemblywoman Proposes Deposit On Aluminum Cans, Plastic And Glass Bottles To Fund Remediation Of Lead In Water

Paul Nichols, Bergen Dispatch

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle today announced a push for legislation that would require a $.10 deposit on all plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans. The revenue generated would be directed to the remediation of lead in schools and communities.
 
The "Smart Container Act" would would include juice, sports drinks, and bottled waters as well as soda, wine and beer containers. The bill (A-2281) is poised for vote also on Monday by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee at 2:00 p.m.           
 
On Monday, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle will be joined by Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, Mayor Ras Baraka, members of the NJ Working Families Alliance and its partners in environmental, economic, infrastructure, as well as Newark school board members and district employees for a press conference at 1 p.m. in the Statehouse.

Representatives from Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch, Clean Water Action, Newark School Board, Newark food service workers, SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents, the Anti-Poverty Network, NJ Citizen Action, and NJEA will also join the press conference.

According to the bill:

"Every beverage container sold or offered for sale in this State shall have a refund value when empty.  Beverage containers with a minimum capacity of eight ounces, or its equivalent volume, and a maximum capacity of less than twenty four ounces, or its equivalent volume, shall have a refund value of $0.10 each. Beverage containers with a minimum capacity of twenty four ounces, or its equivalent volume, and a maximum capacity of less than one gallon or 3.8 liters, or its equivalent volume, shall have a refund value of $0.20 each."

The law would exclude milk and dairy derived products and alcoholic beverages.