Bottled water sales are on the decline in New York state where a revised bottle bill took effect late last year. A refundable 5-cent deposit was added to bottles of water less than one gallon, inflating the cost of 24-packs by at least $1.20. Although consumers can recoup the deposit by bringing the bottles back to the store for recycling, many are skipping the purchase altogether. As the retail cost of a case of water including deposit approaches $7 in New York City, sales are down 28% ...

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