Bottle Return Headaches

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM EDT

For many people, it's a hassle to return empties. It's also a hassle for companies to add up those nickels. A report in today's Business First shows how New York's bottle bill costs area beverage manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, while creating accounting headaches. When you pay a five cent deposit and don't return your can, the manufacturer gets a penny while the state keeps 4 cents, which contributes about $115 million annually to the state's general fund. Area bottlers say countless hours are spent on the bottle bill, transferring money and sending forms to the state. The report says bottled juice, sports drinks and tea could soon be eligible for 5-cent deposits. that could create more issues for manufacturers.

Looking for a better night's sleep? You're not alone. That's the goal of most consumers, according to Reverie, a local adjustable bed manufacturer. A report in today's Business First shows how the company is seeing an increased demand for products. The company is moving its production and warehouse facility from Dunkirk to Eden. The move should be complete by May 1. If you haven't heard of the company, that could soon change as it invests in advertising. Soon Reverie will sell direct to consumers at www.reverie.com.