October 13, 2014
Based in Massachusetts, Eco News Network encourages our Massachusetts readers to stop litter, increase recycling, and help to clean up our beautiful State! How? Vote Yes on 2 on November 4th to expand the Massachusetts Bottle Bill.
Over 30 years ago, Massachusetts took a step towards stopping litter when it put a deposit on soda and beer bottles. At that time beverages including bottled water, sports drinks, and iced teas were not widely available and the bottles that contain them were not included in the original Massachusetts Bottle Bill. Today, our parks, shorelines, waterways and neighborhoods are littered with these plastic bottles.
In fact, a recent clean up along the Acushnet River in Fairhaven yielded 15 large bags of trash, five of which were filled with plastic bottles! Voting Yes on 2 is voting for an update the Bottle Bill that will add these containers to the list of bottles and cans with a deposit and result in an increase in recycling and less liter. The fact is that currently 80% of bottles and cans with a deposit on them are recycled, while only 23% of containers without a deposit are recycled. The rest of those containers become litter or end up in landfills and incinerators.
According to a study by the Mass Department of Environmental Protection, the updated Bottle Bill will save Massachusetts cities and towns approximately 6.7 million a year – or an average of $1 per person in our state – in litter pick up and trash disposal costs. That is funds that can be used to improve town services such as education and safety.
The Massachusetts Bottle Bill Update is supported by dozens of elected officials, including Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, mayors, and legislators. Many local and state environmental and civic organizations are leading the charge on the Yes on 2 campaign including Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, Environmental League of Massachusetts, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and MASSPIRG. The Bottle bill Update has been endorsed by 400 small businesses, and the 209 cities and towns in Massachusetts passed resolutions in favor of it.
Learn more about the Massachusetts Bottle Bill and Vote Yes on 2 or get involved here.
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