ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State and national recycling advocates are hailing the first year of New York’s expanded bottle deposit law as a success.

October 31st was the one-year anniversary of the expansion of the bottle law to include bottled water.

Laura Haight of the New York Public Interest Research Group says the state has collected over $120 million in unclaimed deposits from the expanded bottle bill. That’s on target with the state’s budget projections of $118 million.

Connecticut and Oregon also expanded bottle deposit laws to include bottled water in 2009.

Susan Collins of the Container Recycling Institute said the expansions in the three states added nearly four and a half billion containers to deposit programs.

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