Massachusetts Question 2 and the Bottle Bill

October 29, 2014

There is a lot of information out about what a YES vote on Massachusetts Question 2 will mean. Here’s some facts to help cut through the clutter.Yo2_-FB-Graphic_TalkingPoints_final-web-754x394

A Yes vote on Massachusetts Question 2 will finally update a successful 32-year-old law (the 1982 “Bottle Bill”) to include five cent deposits on water bottles, iced tea bottles, and sports drinks.

  • 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.bottle-recycling-rates-600x327
  • The Boston Globe and other news outlets have endorsed Yes on 2, joining more than 120 local and state environmental and civic organizations are leading the charge on Yes on 2, including Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, Environmental League of Massachusetts, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and MASSPIRG. The updated Bottle Bill has been endorsed by more than 400 small businesses, and more than 200 cities and towns passed resolutions in favor of it.
  • When we began returning bottles for a deposit over 30 years ago, soda and beer bottles and cans were the litter problem. Beverages like bottled water, sports drinks, and iced teas were not widely on the market. We need to update the Bottle Bill so more beverage containers will be recycled rather than ending up as litter.
  • The updated Bottle Bill will save our cities and towns up to $7 million a year—or an average of $1 per person in our state—in litter pick up and trash disposal costs (figures from Department of Environmental Protection’s study). It also will mean less waste going to landfills and incinerators. And any unclaimed deposits will go to a state fund earmarked for recycling and environmental programs.
  • Corporations that make big profits selling water and sports drinks have been working to block the updated Bottle Bill for years. They’ve already put in $8.3 million dollars to defeat Question 2. Among those against this bill in the Legislature: Coca-Cola, Polar Beverages, and Ocean Spray.

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