Bottle Bill expansion gets on the ballot for November

Voters can make a decision on November 4th

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Supporters of expanding the Bottle Bill could finally see their cause become law. 22News was there when organizers secured their spot on the November ballot.

It’s now up to voters to decide whether they want to update the state’s 30-year-old Bottle Bill, but one coalition urges you to vote against it.

After a decade of lobbying the state legislature, Bottle Bill Expansion supporters handed in 18-thousand certified signatures for their spot on the ballot.

Ken Pruitt of the Environmental League of Massachusetts told 22News, “Unfortunately money interest has too much power within the State House, that’s the sad reality. Fortunately the people have another option and that is the ballot initiative process.”

The state’s thirty year-old Bottle Bill places a nickel-deposit on beverage containers. Now, it’s up to the voters to decide whether to expand the law to include water, juice and sports drink bottles.

Opponents argue that updating the Bottle Bill isn’t worth the expensive cost on consumers.

“We encourage voters to vote ‘no’ on expanding the redemption fee in November. It’s going to cost consumers $60 million dollars a year and it only targets a small fraction of the waste stream,” said Nicole Giambusso of Comprehensive Recycling Works.

Voters statewide will decide on Election Day, November 4th.

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