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New England News
9:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

MA Voters Say No To Expanded Bottle Bill

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters have turned down a proposal calling for the first expansion of the state's bottle-deposit law since it took effect more than three decades ago.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Expanded Bottle Bill Among Four Ballot Questions In Massachusetts


Aside from choosing the next governor and other officeholders tomorrow, Massachusetts voters will face four ballot questions on Election Day. One of the questions involves expanding the state’s bottle deposit law to non-carbonated beverages.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Annual River Cleanup Promotes Expanded Bottle Bill

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An annual two -day cleanup of trash along the length of the Connecticut River is underway.  The sponsors of the event, the Connecticut River Watershed Council are using this year’s cleanup to promote policies and legislation to keep waste from ending up in local waterways.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s executive director Andy Fisk.

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New England News
8:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Mass. Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

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Supermarket chains are launching a television ad to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question to expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law.

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New England News
6:33 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion

A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.

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.   Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.

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12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Expanded Bottle Bill

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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.  The measure would not only impact container types, but the redemption centers where consumers do business.

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New York News
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget includes several changes to the Bottle Bill. Various stakeholders have both praise and concern.

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.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee

  Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won’t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Activists Campaign For Bottle Bill Update In Massachusetts

      Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of  getting a  bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration.  Opponents are pushing a  new  argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill

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A bill that would expand Massachusetts’ 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’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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