Commentaries Health & Environment

Downtown View: Yes on Question Two

Fenway Park filled to the brim with plastic bottles. That dramatic image conveys the volume of bottle litter we throw away in Massachusetts each year. Most of it gets deposited in landfills. Some litter lingers in our gutters, along the roads, across the beaches and on the sidewalks. It’s pretty gross. It is irresponsible too. Read More…

Business Government Health & Environment

Video: Debating Question 2, Expanding the Bottle Bill

North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) hosted a debate regarding Question 2 on the November 4, 2014 ballot regarding Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law, often referred to as the Bottle Bill. A Yes vote would expand the existing bottle bill from sodas and carbonated beverages to also require the 5 cent deposit on Read More…


End of State Legislative Session Brings Three Strikes and Foreclosure Prevention Bills, But No New Bottle Bill

The legislative session ended on Tuesday, July 31st for the Massachusetts House and Senate. As usual, there was a flurry of last minute activity. Here are a few legislative actions worth mentioning and how our local elected officials voted. Three Strikes Bill Gets Governor’s Support – After some haggling with the legislature on the mandatory Read More…

Government Health & Environment

City Council Supports Revised Bottle Bill

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.

Health & Environment

“Bottle Bill” Expansion Hearing

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, Read More…