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News Release | MASSPIRG, Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill | Solid Waste

Updated Bottle Bill Builds Steam

In a sign that the Updated Bottle Bill has more support on Beacon Hill than ever before, the final tally of cosponsors in the Legislature included the highest number the bill has ever garnered, coming at at 95 (75 in the House, 25 in the Senate). Giving the measure even more momentum, on Friday, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan proposed an increase in the bottle bill handling fee.  This handling fee (which has nothing to do with the 5-cent deposit) is what the bottling industry pays redemption centers, grocery stores, and other businesses for collecting and transporting bottles and cans for recycling.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Coalition Lauds Proposal to Increase Bottle Bill Handling Fee

We applaud EOEEA Secretary Rick Sullivan’s proposed regulations to increase the bottle bill handling fee. Bottle redemption centers, small, family-owned businesses that are a key part of making the bottle bill work, haven’t had a raise in the 2.25 cent handling fee for over 20 years.

How To Clean Up Identity Theft

In general, if you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, you likely will not be responsible for fraudulent charges. But, you do need to clear your name. Here's how.

How to Set Up a Security Freeze

A security freeze prevents new credit from being issued in a person’s name, and therefore stops identity thieves from creating unauthorized accounts, because it allows individual consumers the ability to control who gets access to their credit report.

How To Fix A Credit Reporting Error

Credit reports contain information on each consumer’s credit history. Since lenders use your credit report to decide whether or not to advance credit to you, it is important for you to make sure that your credit report is accurate.

Consumer Mediation Office

 

Taking legal action against a business or a service for consumer protection violations may be a long and costly process. Mediation provides a voluntary, informal channel of resolving disputes to reach a mutually agreeable settlement.

Product Recalls

Six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create Recalls.gov— a "one-stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. Check out the site to get the most up to date information about unsafe, hazardous or defective products including food, medicine, consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, cosmetics and environmental products.

News Release | Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill | Solid Waste

Legislative Committee Kills Updated Bottle Bill

With the support of 77% of the public, 208 cities and towns, Governor Patrick, and a majority of legislators, the measure should have been swiftly adopted. "Instead of Massachusetts taking home the gold medal, by disqualifying the public's opinion, the legislature gives us more litter, more waste, and less recycling." said Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG.

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