Thursday, July 21
The Bottle Bill
It's hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since Massachusetts passed its groundbreaking bottle bill – the law that made it mandatory to put a 5-cent deposit on soda cans and bottles of beer. But that was before the prevalence of bottled water and other new market beverages – in fact, the deposit law now only covers about 40 percent of beverage containers. Some lawmakers want to change that by extending the 5-cent deposit to virtually all beverages including water bottles, wine and hard liquor – it’s an idea being met with resistance in some quarters and here to unpack the issue are Christopher Flynn of the Massachusetts Food Association and Janet Domenitz of MassPIRG.