Monday, October 20, 2014

OPED 10/10: At nature center, they’re sadly downstream of our recycling woes

From The Boston Globe
GIVEN ALL the controversial issues facing us in the coming election, there is one issue that should be a no-brainer: a yes vote on Question 2, the bottle bill. The bill would revise the existing one, to include bottled water, tea, sports drinks, and other beverages, which now often end up in our city drains, parks, and nature centers.
We should know. Volunteers and staff at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center spend countless hours picking up bottles that have floated down storm drain pipes and ended up in Canterbury Brook and the banks of its tributaries. Question 2 would reduce this litter and increase recycling rates.
Currently, even with curbside collection for these kinds of bottles in about half of our cities and towns, only about 23 percent of bottles without deposits are recycled, compared with 80 percent of redeemable bottles.
When the first bottle bill was passed, in 1982, sports drinks and bottled water were not the popular drinks that they are today.
We need to update the bill so that we can keep our parks, rivers, and nature centers clean and save money in the process.
Julie Brandlen
Boston Nature Center


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