Mass. Residents Overwhelmingly Support Bottle Bill Update

A recently conducted poll shows that a vast majority of the public supports pending legislation to update the state's Bottle Bill, the 5 cent deposit on some beverage containers which has been in effect since 1983. According to a poll conducted in January by Mass Inc., 77% of the public wants to see additional containers - like water bottles, sports drinks, iced teas, and the like - include the 5 cent deposit which increases recycling and reduces litter of these containers.

"This poll provides the science to what we've known from our experience all along, that the Bottle Bill is popular, that we need to pass the law to update it, and it will result in a win/win/win for Massachusetts - cleaning up litter, increasing recycling and saving cities and towns money from disposal costs," declared Representative Alice Wolf, who, along with Senator Cynthia Creem, has championed the bill in the Legislature. "It's been clear to me for ages that my district wholeheartedly supports the bill," Senator Creem, who represents Newton and Brookline, noted.

Support for the Bottle Bill update crosses gender, party, and geographic lines according to the Mass Inc. poll of 400 people. "There's simply no reason to delay this bill any longer," exhorted Janet Domenitz, the Executive Director of MASSPIRG, which pushed for the original Bottle Bill and has been campaigning for its update. "What better New Year's Resolution for the Legislature than to pass this and get it to the Governor's desk now? Governor Patrick is eager to sign this measure into law."

The bill to update the current law has been pending in the Legislation for over a decade. Supporters represent a broad range: the Environmental League of Mass., the Sierra Club, Mass Audubon Society, the Charles River Conservancy, as well as the League of Women Voters, the Mass Municipal Association, the Mass Redemption Coalition, and the Surfrider Foundation. Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick have been ardent supporters, and Congressman Ed Markey has filed a Bottle Bill in Congress. "ELM is committed to successfully updating the Bottle Bill, and it's nice to know that not only environmentalists but the public in general is fully behind this important bill" said Ken Pruitt, ELM's Managing Director.

The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.9 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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