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New York has had a bottle deposit law since 1983, and one lawmaker wants to apply the concept to a completely new product: cigarette butts.

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky has prefiled a bill in the New York Senate for the 2013 legislative session to establish a cigarette butt recycling program, complete with at least a 1-cent deposit for each cigarette butt.

Senate Bill 560 would require the Commissioner of Health to establish the recycling program, which must include a number of items, including the deposit. Also required would be the establishment of a statewide redemption system with at least one redemption facility in each county. The redemption centers could have either automated or non-automated recycling equipment, according to the legislation.

The bill also outlines the recycling program also must include a marketing campaign to educate the public on the harm cigarette butts can have on the environment.

The cigarette butt recycling program would also extend to cigars, according to the bill.

The proposal will start the legislative session in a committee on environmental conservation.
http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/articl...ttle-bill-style
 

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It would make "Brother-in-law" jobs, politicians have been doing it forever.

Create a policy, require a product that your BIL supplies, then the taxpayer keeps him instead of you
 

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Larry, do you think that the NYC government (Bloomberg) would care about spending the "peoples" money to defend a raft of frivolous law suits? Would not these law suits provide a Democratic controled governmant another avenue through wich to squander taxpayers money and then cry for more? Witness the efforts to control what the popultion there eats and drinks....
 

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I don't like legislation to change people's behavior. What I do know is that cigarette butts take about a decade to breakdown. They also make-up @ 38% of all roadway waste/litter. I personally use this link to report people all of the time who I see toss their butts out their car window. It's litter. I don't care who introduced the bill, if people weren't slobs; it wouldn't have caused this woman to introduce the legislation.

There's a company Terracycle that makes products out of the recycled butts. I've been to their facilities as part of my job in the solid waste field.

Here is a story from PA about a man taking matters into his own hands.

http://www.goerie.com/article/20121224/N...ecycling-effort

I'd like to see his effort succeed versus legislating people to change behavior.
 
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