Bottle bills are laws that require a minimum refundable deposit on beverage containers in order to ensure a high rate of recycling or reuse. The current law was passed in 1983 and does not include many popular “new-age” drinks such as bottled waters, sports drinks, and juices. Currently the only beverages covered are carbonated soda, beer, and malt beverages.
Councillors Salvatore LaMattina and John Connolly sponsored the City Council Resolution in order to demonstrate to state lawmakers that the Boston City Council wants the Bill updated. About a dozen bills related to the Beverage Container Recovery Law, including House Bill 3057 filed by Rep. Basile on behalf of Mayor Menino, are before state lawmakers this legislative session.
The Council approved the Resolution at its weekly meeting on Oct. 21.
NEWRA’s Clean Streets Committee is asking residents and merchants to send in the following letter in support of the Green Ticket Bill to our State representatives. The Green Ticket Bill is an important step in improving the trash problem in the neighborhood.
Download the Letter (also pasted below):
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Here is a summary of the House Bill #3588 (Green Ticket Bill) and testimony from the City’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) that explains why the bill is so important. House Bill #3588 is anticipated to be favorably voted out of Committee but still has a bit to go.
The Boston City Council’s Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM. The hearing will be held in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the Fifth Floor of Boston City Hall. The subject of the hearing is
Docket #1083, An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Non-Recyclable and Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Containers
This matter was sponsored by Councilor Stephen Murphy and was referred to the Committee on Government Operations on Wednesday, August 26, 2009.
Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify.