Vote Yes on 2 and Update the Bottle Bill
Voting Yes on 2 will update Massachusetts' most successful recycling program and stop litter - keeping our streets, rivers, and public places clean.
Stop Litter, Increase Recycling
A YES vote on Question 2 will do that by finally updating a successful 32-year-old law (the 1982 “Bottle Bill”) to include five cent deposits on water bottles, iced tea bottles, and sports drinks. Here are the facts about Question 2:
- Every year across Massachusetts, more than 30,000 tons of non-carbonated beverage bottles are buried in landfills, burned in waste-to-energy plants, or tossed onto our streets, parks and beaches. That's enough plastic bottles to fill Fenway Park - from the press box to the Green Monster - five times.
- Currently, 80% of bottles and cans with a deposit on them are recycled, while only 23% of containers without a deposit are recycled (According to the Department of Environmental Protection). The rest of those containers become litter or end up in landfills and incinerators.
- More than 120 local and state environmental and civic organizations are leading the charge on Yes on 2, including Sierra Club, Mass Audubon, Environmental League of Massachusetts, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and MASSPIRG. The updated Bottle Bill has been endorsed by more than 400 small businesses, and more than 200 cities and towns passed resolutions in favor of it.
- When we began returning bottles for a deposit over 30 years ago, soda and beer bottles and cans were the litter problem. Beverages like bottled water, sports drinks, and iced teas were not widely on the market. We need to update the Bottle Bill so more beverage containers will be recycled rather than ending up as litter.
- The updated Bottle Bill will save our cities and towns up to $7 million a year—or an average of $1 per person in our state—in litter pick up and trash disposal costs (figures from Department of Environmental Protection’s study). It also will mean less waste going to landfills and incinerators. And any unclaimed deposits will go to a state fund earmarked for recycling and environmental programs.
- Corporations that make big profits selling water and sports drinks have been working to block the updated Bottle Bill for years. The anti-Bottle Bill campaign, largely funded by the American Beverage Association - a trade group which represents companies such as Coca-Cola, Polar Beverages, and Nestle, has spent $7.5 million dollars to defeat Question 2.
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