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December 14, 2017
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
MA Bottle Law May Be Redeemed
(2007-11-02)
(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.

But critics, including the beverage industry, say expanding the bottle bill would hurt retailers near border states, like New Hampshire, with no bottle redemption laws. They claim retailers would have to absorb the costs for bottles bought in the granite state but redeemed in Massachusetts. They also say it would place a undue burden on so-called mom and pop stores. But Petersen says manufacturers have created bar codes on their products that identify the state of purchase, and small retailers that are near larger redemption centers could apply for a exemption.
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