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Mark Simonson

September 9, 2013

Some locals grumbled about bottle law 30 years ago


Youngsters were seen picking up some pocket money from time to time by picking up discarded containers around the area.

Three months later, the Star followed up on area businesses with the new law. On Nov. 28, most contacted said the law had cost them time and money. Ed Johnston, then owner of the Center Street Food Store, said the biggest flaw with the law was that it forced storeowners to pay out refunds on demand, but then required them to wait to be reimbursed by distributors who collected cans and bottles.

Love it or hate it, the law was here to stay.

This weekend, Oneonta in motion pictures.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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