As you may know, on July 19th the Bottle Bill passed the Senate! This is a huge victory after a long, 14 year struggle. Now, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy needs the House of Representatives to jump on board and YOU can help!
What is the Bottle Bill?Â The Bottle Bill is the stateâ€™s most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill’s inception in 1983, over 30 billion containers have been redeemed, contributing to a healthier environment, cleaner and safer communities, and a stronger economy.
An Updated Bottle Bill would expand our container deposit system to include â€œnew ageâ€ drinks such as non-carbonated beverages, water, iced tea, juice, and sports drinks. Projected to save cities and towns over $4 million in reduced cost for trash removal, this update would create jobs at redemption centers and at the companies that make products with the reclaimed materials. For more information from the Sierra Club about the Bottle Bill, please click here.
Why is this Important?Â An estimated 20 billion â€œnew-ageâ€ beverages are consumed annually in the US, and this number is only expected to increase. As consumers purchase more of these beverages, an increasing number of containers are finding their way to landfills — an estimated 69,000 tons nationwide. An updated Bottle Bill would decrease litter – and increase recycling.
What can YOU Do? Tell your State Representative to help pass this bill by signing the letter of support. Every House member needs to be contacted and get the message! Please contact your state representative by email or phone TODAY.Â To find your House Representative, please Click Here.