The geniuses in Albany are seeking to increase the redemption fees on bottles to $.10 apiece and would expand the list of redeemable containers to include wine bottles, juice boxes and tea beverages. Much of this push is to give can collectors a leg up, but as we have pointed out before, rather than an underground economy that encourages trespassing, fights over bottles, loss of commodities revenue, increased cost to consumers, and puts a burden on merchants, why not employ these able-bodied people to walk the streets, reporting problems and making the area look better? How about dignified employment rather than encouraging rummaging through trash? We have mandatory recycling already. We don’t need this.