Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

May 29, 2007

Agriculture Commissioner: Bottle Bill Is Good for Farmers

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will be at Sweetman’s Dairy in Warwick tomorrow, May 30, 2007, at 11:00 am to announce his support for the Governor’s proposed Bigger Better Bottle Bill. The Commissioner will explain how expanding the existing recycling program will benefit the agricultural community by more than keeping rural roads free of litter.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary on June 15th, the Bottle Bill has been effective in giving New Yorkers an incentive to recycle bottles and cans. Governor Spitzer has proposed to expand the original bill to include a five cent deposit for non-carbonated, single-serve containers, such as bottled water, iced tea and juice bottles. Since the program began in 1982, New Yorkers have returned nearly 75 percent of the deposit containers sold, which equates to more than 90 billion containers or $4.5 billion.

WHAT: Bigger Better Bottle Bill Support

WHO: Patrick Hooker, New York State Agriculture Commissioner

Tunis Sweetman Jr., Dairy Farmer

John Lincoln, President of New York Farm Bureau*

David Haight, State Director of American Farmland Trust

Dennis Hill, Chair of the State Soil & Water Conservation Committee*

* Invited But Attendance Not Confirmed to Attend as of 5-25-07

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

WHERE: Sweetman’s Dairy, 33 County Route 1A, Warwick, NY

For more information or directions to the farm, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949 (cell).

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