Bottle Bill

The Bottle Bill is the state’s most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill’s inception in 1982, over 35 billion containers have been redeemed, contributing to a healthier environment, cleaner and safer communities, and a stronger economy. But to keep up with the times and consumer’s tastes, the bottle bill must be updated.

The 2011-2012 legislative session took up the Updated Bottle Bill, which would have expanded our container deposit system to include non-carbonated beverages such as water, iced tea, juice, and sports drinks. It would decrease litter – and increase recycling. Unfortunately, Salem Representative John Keenan made sure that the bill would not pass the legislature.

An amazing 80% of beverages that are covered by the bottle bill are redeemed/recycled. But sadly, only 22% of non-deposit containers are recycled. The rest become litter, or are thrown in the trash. Updating our bottle bill would boost recycling, save our communities the cost associated with disposal and litter cleanup, and conserve valuable resources.

This bill would:

  1. Increase Recycling
  2. Decrease Litter
  3. More Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  4. Decrease Trash Going to our Landfills
  5. Reestablish of the Clean Environment Fund

77% of the public supports an update to the bottle bill. The deposit is 100% refundable, and the public knows the bottle bill’s value.

Hear why Representative John Keenan blocked the bottle bill, which is supported by the vast majority of residents in the Commonwealth:

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/02/07/nightside-dan-rea-discusses-the-bottle-bill-with-rep-john-keenan/

The updated bottle bill will be reintroduced in the next legislative session. Stay tuned for fall actions on this important environmental legislation!