Target: Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
Goal: Include more plastic beverage containers in Massachusetts’s incentive bottle recycling program
Massachusetts’s recycling program awards people five cents for recycling certain plastic bottles, mostly carbonated beverage containers. The law is now in need of an update and looking to expand five cent recycling to water, juice, iced tea, and sports drink bottles. The bottling industry is opposed to the expansion and has spent millions of dollars on an opposition campaign. Formerly known as the Bottle Bill, the recycling program contributes to Massachusetts’s 70 percent plastic bottle recycling rate. Citizens will vote on the issue in November but now is the crucial time to voice support for expanding plastic bottle recycling in Massachusetts.
Even under the current legislature, the bottle recycling program is the most successful in the state. The updated program will reduce even more litter, save the state money in waste cleanup, and positively impact the community through the Clean Environment Fund. The Fund is supported by the money from bottles that were not returned for five cents. The government will receive approximately $20 million from the Clean Environment Fund each year to give back to the community through environmental programs.
As is to be expected, the bottle industry is strongly opposed to expanding the bottle recycling program. Bottle distributors must reimburse stores and redemption centers 2-3 cents per bottle. The bottle industry refers to the recycling program as another ‘tax’ imposed by the government. The bottle recycling program is a deposit, not a tax. A deposit is given to the merchant when a bottle is paid for and then returned to the consumer when the bottle is returned. The consumer has the choice of receiving reimbursement or not.
Massachusetts’s bottling recycling program contributes to two-thirds of plastic bottle recycling in the state. This program is extremely effective for on-the-go beverages away from any curbside pick-up recycling system. Also, the bottles not recycled still contribute to a heathy environment through the Clean Environment Fund. Take action now against the big beverage industry. By signing this petition, you are urging the Governor of Massachusetts to support the bottle recycling expansion.
Dear Governor Patrick,
Massachusetts’s Bottle Bill is currently responsible for two-thirds of plastic bottle recycling in the state. The five cent deposit creates an incentive for citizens to be proactive about helping the environment. But currently, certain plastic bottles are not part of this program. Recycling is more important now than ever before. Waste is a growing concern in America and the proposed update for the Bottle Bill, expanding five cent deposits to even more plastic drink bottles, will help to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
The bottling industry strives to reduce this recycling program for their own profit. The bottle recovery program is the most effective way to recycle on-the-go beverages. An expansion to the bill is a progressive action for the environment by reducing litter and encouraging reuse. Please take action to support this updated and expanded recycling bill.
[Your Name Here]
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