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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…