Hearing Held On Proposed Expansion Of Bottle Bill

BOSTON (CBS) – A hearing was held Wednesday on a proposed expansion of the bottle bill. Supporters held a rally to push for its passage.

The proposal would add a nickel deposit to more drink bottles like water and sports drinks.

About a hundred or so people gathered in front the State House to hear from those who support the updated bill.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the city of Boston,  says Mayor Menino backs the expanded plan, and not having a deposit on some bottles makes a mess of the city.

Nearly 200 cities and towns have passed resolutions supporting an updated bottle bill.

Supporters say it will save up to seven million dollars for communities on litter cleanup and disposal if passed.

  • Chris

    An expansion of the state’s bottle bill, coupled with increased curbside and municipal recycling and installation of recycling bins in public places, is guaranteed to boost recycling and cut down on waste in the Bay State. Providing an incentive for consumers to return their beverage containers will not only increase recycling rates of these containers, but will also instill a sense of consumer responsibility for the materials they purchase. The bottle bill will also require producers of beverage containers to deal with the products they create. They may not be favorable towards it, but it will prompt them to come up with cost-effective ways to reuse and recycle their materials, instead of extracting more natural resources to create new containers.

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