bottle bill http://wamc.org en Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-voters-may-decide-bottle-bill-expansion <p>A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 80058 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion Lawmakers Consider Expanded Bottle Bill http://wamc.org/post/lawmakers-consider-expanded-bottle-bill <p></p><p></p><p>As New York legislators continue negotiations over the state budget, with talks now in their late stages, one of the proposals being considered is an expansion of the bottle bill.&nbsp; The measure would not only impact container types, but the redemption centers where consumers do business. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 60269 at http://wamc.org Lawmakers Consider Expanded Bottle Bill Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes http://wamc.org/post/proposed-nys-budget-includes-bottle-bill-changes <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget includes several changes to the Bottle Bill. Various stakeholders have both praise and concern.</p><p>Laura Haight is one who testified Monday at a budget hearing in Albany about the proposed changes to the Bottle Bill. Haight is senior environmental associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG. She says there are 20 pages of proposed changes, one of which she applauds, and says would be a first for the state.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:08:07 +0000 Allison Dunne 57256 at http://wamc.org Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee http://wamc.org/post/bottle-law-expansion-dumped-conference-committee <p>&nbsp; Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won&rsquo;t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44410 at http://wamc.org Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee Activists Campaign For Bottle Bill Update In Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/activists-campaign-bottle-bill-update-massachusetts <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of&nbsp; getting a&nbsp; bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration.&nbsp; Opponents are pushing a&nbsp; new&nbsp; argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 44128 at http://wamc.org Activists Campaign For Bottle Bill Update In Massachusetts Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill http://wamc.org/post/mass-legislative-committee-blocks-bottle-bill <p>A bill that would expand Massachusetts&rsquo; recycling laws to include a five-cent deposit for plastic containers for noncarbonated beverages has again failed to pass a committee vote to enter legislative debate, drawing criticism from proponents. WAMC&rsquo;s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 41039 at http://wamc.org Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill