Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a potential expansion of the state’s 28-year-old beverage container deposit program, generating up to $20 million in new revenues. Among the changes proposed, the addition of bottled water, juice and sports drink containers to the existing redemption program could result in collecting an additional 1.5 billion containers a year. Currently beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, & mineral water are the only containers covered. The amount of the deposit would stay 5 cents. Massachusetts has a redemption rate of 68.6%.
The Boston City Council’s Committee on Environment & Health will hold a hearing on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM in the Iannella Chamber on the fifth floor of the Boston City Hall.
The formal subject of the hearing is:
#1001 Resolution that the City Council supports and encourages our State Representatives, State Senators and Governor to vote in favor of updating the Massachusetts Container Beverage Law.
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