Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sierra Club Statement on the Proposal to Overturn the Massachusetts Bottle Bill

Press Statement

The Mass Food Association's Bottle Bill "Repeal" Proposal, which would add a one-cent tax to all beverages, isn't an attempt to "clean up" litter or increase recycling, it's an effort to maximize the profits of bottlers and supermarkets at public expense. This one-cent fee would barely fund enough recycling containers for a small city, and would do nothing to fund cleanup efforts. Their proposal is also a job killer, resulting in the loss of over 1000 existing recycling jobs. It would replace our successful deposit system, which has an amazing 80% recycling rate, with a voluntary system that sadly gets only 22% of the empties. Litter would increase, costing our cities and towns millions in cleanup fees. It would increase our dependence on foreign oil, the source of the plastic.

The existing bottle bill is the perfect example of corporate responsibility: those who create the problem, manufacturing billions of beverages annually in Massachusetts alone, pay to help clean up the mess that's created. Their repeal proposal is corporate irresponsibility at its worst.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

New 2013 Bottle Bill Filed

The 2013 version of the Bottle Bill Update has been filed in the Mass State Legislature.

In the senate, longtime environmental advocate Senator Cynthia Creem sponsored the senate version, SD522. Rep. Jonathan Hecht, an outspoken leader on the Bottle Bill in the house, filed it as HD1105.

Click here to view the bill:

These numbers are "temporary" filing dockets. Bill numbers are assigned later in the legislative session.

The bottle bill update enjoys overwhelming public support. Over 100 environmental organmizations, 200 cities and towns, and 350 businesses have endorsed the Bottle Bill Update.