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The Bottle Bill,
the nickel deposit on beverage containers, is the state’s most successful recycling and litter
Since the Bottle Bill's passage in 1983, 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 consumers' tastes, the bottle bill must be
An Updated Bottle Bill would expand our container deposit system to
include “new age” drinks such as non-carbonated beverages, water, iced
tea, juice, and sports drinks. It would decrease litter and
An estimated 3.3 billion beverages are consumed annually in
Massachusetts, of which 1.3 billion are “new-age” (e.g. water, sports
drinks, flavored teas), and this number is only expected to increase. As consumers
purchase more of these beverages, an increasing number of containers are
finding their way to landfills and by the sides of our roads.
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Will the Legislature act on the Bottle Bill by the deadline?
Updated Bottle Bill is the single most effective recycling and
litter-reducing tool we have. But despite huge support, it's been
languishing in the Legislature for over a twelve years.
Click here to tell your legilators that this is the last chance they
have to pass this bill. If they drop the ball, we head to the ballot.
"Bottle Bill" is joined by Lynn Wolbarst (LWVMA), Ken
Pruitt (ELM), Janet Domenitz (MASSPIRG) and Ryan Black, (MA Sierra Club)
as they announced the filing of the ballot petition.
Click here to volunteer for
the May-June signature drive!
This past Fall, over 130,000 people signed the initiative
petition qualifying the Updated Bottle Bill to be on the ballot. The
legislature now has an opportunity to pass this - or an acceptable
compromise. The bill's special hearing was on March 6, and as a result, a
committee is seeking possible common ground. In any case, we are moving
forward with the next step: preparing to gather the second round of
signatures starting in May, and then we will head to the ballot! Although we
need fewer signatures than before, we have a shorter period to do this. If
we're going to meet our goal, volunteer commitment is critical. Read the
March 25 Bottle Bill Update Newsletter -
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Bottle Bill Facts
An updated report on the facts and figures behind the bottle bill
update. Click here.
Sierra Club Report on S.379, the
Bottling Industry's so-called "Recycling" Bill
The Sierra Club's in-depth report asserts that the industry proposal nothing more than an effort to kill the
most successful recycling mechanism in the state
The Impact of the Bottle Bill Update on Jobs in the Economy - An
Analysis of Employment in the Recycling Sector, July 2012:
Rebuttal to the Claims: An analysis of the points raised by Rep.
John Keenan (D-Salem) in his Op-Ed to the Salem Evening News, June 16,
2012. Click here.
vs. Bottle Bills:
Access to curbside recycling has been rising for years, so why doesn’t it
have a stronger effect on the beverage container recycling rate?
208 Cities and Towns Support the Bottle Bill Update: Our of
the state's 351 municipalities, 208 have asked their State Representatives
and Senators to Support the Bottle Bill Update.
Click here for the list,
click here to view a map.
The History of the Massachusetts Bottle Bill:
In the late 1970s, groups began
to advocate for container deposits. Before then, most beverages were sold
in refillable bottles that carried a deposit to encourage people to return
them. Click here.
Study Confirms that Containers Make up 15% of Waste Stream: Despite bottlers claims that beverage containers make up a 12/100 of
1%, an analysis of the State's waste data proves that containers are the
second most prevalent item in household trash, just behind paper. The figure is
150 times greater than bottlers have been alleging.
Click here to read the
Study concludes that the Bottle Bill Update will result in job
gains. While the recycling's impact on jobs has been the subject of several
studies in recent years, Returning to Work is the first report to
take into account the vital importance of material quality, throughput
quantities, processing dynamics and end-user needs to analyze the net
gains in domestic jobs when beverage containers are recovered through
recycling. Learn more
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