NightSide Weekend Comment – Dan Rea Says The Bottle Bill Works

BOSTON (CBS) – NightSide’s Dan Rea says the Bottle Bill should be expanded in this Weekend Commentary.

Originally broadcast July 23rd, 2011.

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  • Mike Elmer

    Rhode Island has a higher bottle/can recycling rate than MA…WITHOUT a bottle bill. 95% of MA residents have access to curbside or transfer-station recycling. The bottle bill is redundant, inefficient and creates a larger carbon footprint than local recycling.

    Expect more of MA residents…we do not need a $0.05 bribe to recycle…we are doing it already! REPEAL THE BOTTLE BILL!

    • Phil Sego

      Well, you’re wrong. The bottle and can recycling rate in RI is 23%

      In Massachsuetts, the rate for deposit containers is 80%. Non-deposit is 22%.

      Any other “facts”?

  • MARK

    Dan Rea is correct. We need to update the bottle bill now. We need to expand it to include non-carbonated beverages.

  • Paul Lauenstein

    My town of Sharon has curbside recycling, but empties line our roadways anyway. A sampling of 723 empties gathered by 7 volunteers in less than two hours revealed that more than 2/3 were non-deposit containers. Most of the deposit containers were beer cans, presumably jettisoned by underage drinkers.

    Updating the bottle bill to include non-carbonated beverages would minimize tax dollars spent by municipalities to pick up after litterbugs, so those dollars could be spent instead on education and other, more worthwhile municipal services.


  • Mike LaBonte

    I agree that we SHOULD be able to achieve full recycling without a deposit, but the historical trend is that we are just stuck in a rut. Right now we need the bottle bill for sure, but I will welcome the day when we don’t. That is a LONG way off.

    Meanwhile for years our local tax dollars have been paying the cost of needlessly sending bottles to landfills and incinerators. Without the bottle bill we are wasting money.

    • Phil Sego

      Mike is right. The Bottle Bill is the state’s most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill’s inception 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 consumer’s tastes, the bottle bill must be updated.

      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 increase recycling.

      An estimated 1.3 billion “new-age” beverages are consumed annually in Massachusetts, 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.

      Phil Sego
      Massachusetts Sierra Club

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