BOSTON, MA(wfcr) -
A renewed push is on to update Massachusetts' bottle redemption law with hearings this week on Beacon Hill. The original bottle bill, which provides a 5 cent redemption on cans and bottles of soda and beer was passed twenty-five years ago, but efforts to expand the law have languished for the past 15 years. During that time, a whole industry of bottled water and other beverages has sprung up. Representative Doug Petersen of Marblehead, the lead sponsor of one expansion bill, says those unredeemable containers are placing an environmental and financial burden on cities and towns.