broken bottle bill


The election returns are coming in for Massachusetts, and it looks like there are many tight races. It does appear that some of the ballot questions have been settled, though, including one on the expanded bottle bill. A 5 cent deposit per bottle is currently mandated in the state for soda and beer sold in bottles, but not for water, sports drinks or juices. I’m rather frustrated that the bill fell through, since bottles without a deposit more frequently end up in the trash, or as litter. Not only did the bottle bill fail, but it appears to have done so by a wide margin.

It’s been a very tiring election season, what with the flood of gloom-and-doom emails and onslaught of phone call and mud-sling push polls. I just somehow though this one issue was more cut and dry for my left-leaning state.

The photo above is one I posted back in April. Given the topic of this post, I suppose it’s fitting that it is recycled.

2 responses to “broken bottle bill

  1. We don’t have deposits on bottles of any sort here. I’ve vacationed in states that have those laws, but never had to live day-in/day-out with those laws. Maybe people are against them because of the extra work involved in getting your money back? Lazy be lazy, ‘ya know?

  2. That’s disappointing. But the election overall was rather upsetting–though things went well locally for my area.

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