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Local Legislators Help Updated Bottle Bill Gather Momentum

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge joins half of senate as a co-sponsor of recycling legislation.

First the Town of Concord passed a plastic water bottle bill, and now the rest of the state is trying to jump on board.

In a sign that the Updated Bottle Bill has gained greater momentum for passage than ever this session, 95 legislators signed on as a co-sponsor of the Updated Bottle Bill earlier this week, including half of the Massachusetts State Senate. 

“More than ever, legislators realize that the time to act and finally pass the Updated Bottle Bill is now,” State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the bill, said in a release. “Updating the Bottle Bill is a common sense law that would help increase recycling and reduce litter in our parks, along our roads and in our streams.  Passing this bill has been one of my top environmental priorities and it is encouraging to see that the majority of legislators are rallying together to express their strong support for this important piece of recycling legislation.”

“I’m heartened that so many of my colleagues have joined me this session in support of an Updated Bottle Bill, and I’m optimistic that we’ll pass this bill soon and protect our environment from the scourge of plastic that is permeating our environment,” said State Rep. Tom Conroy (D-Wayland), a co-sponsor who shares a portion of Eldridge’s district.

Adding to the bill’s surge of momentum, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan recently proposed an increase in the bottle bill handling fee. This handling fee is what the bottling industry pays at redemption centers, grocery stores and other businesses for collecting and transporting bottles and cans for recycling. For years, bottle redemption centers, small, family-owned businesses that are a key part of making the bottle bill work, have been asking for an increase in this fee, which has stood at 2.25 cents for over 20 years. Raising the handling fee establishes a greater financial incentive for redemption centers and provides more places for consumers to turn in their bottles and collect the deposit fees.

Michael Fleming February 27, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
pmotw February 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
This is just another tax only intended to raise state revenue to pay for out of control spending. This will hurt businesses and the average resident. They will not stop here either. Next will be a tax/deposit on coffee cups, Just wait and see. Stop them now!
Michael Fleming February 27, 2013 at 06:25 PM
It seems to me that politicians on the left know their constituency pretty well. They are folks whose votes are bought with trinkets and beads, a give away here, another give away there. Anything that takes from the evil succesful people (who are likely exploiting minorities and the poor to increase their greedy excesses) and gives to everyone else will get their vote. Obama and Patrick supporters see themselves as victims of somebody...anybody...so this illegal transfer of funds is seen as "social justice"...therefore morally acceptable. Hence, it will never end. There will NEVER be a point in time that our leftist politicians will say: "Ok...we've got enough revenue now, now it's time to re-assess our spending habits.". See...that would END the gravy train for the teat suckers...and that would END the lefts corrupt relationship with the voters. Bottom line: No teat. No votes. They understand that. So, no end to tax and fee increases. There is always some new toys, trinkets or beads to dangle in front of Obamanation.
x February 28, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Democrats at their best...another tax in the name of 'the scourge of plastic'. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III

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