I started to wonder what could they possibly doing now. I thought well maybe their doing away with water bottles because of the plastic. Then I thought there is no way they could do that. Where would we have a trusted supply of clean filtered drinking water?
All this thinking leaded me to the conclusion, we should work together to make our natural water supply resources cleaner. It would be like having filtered tap water. After all the technology that has been discovered it would be nice to see something that could make plastic bottles obsolete. Of course people would still buy them for the convenience of on the go, grabbing a water bottle at the store while out and about.
After doing some research and asking some informed people I learned that the "Water Bottle Bill" extends not only water bottles, but sport drink bottles, and other non carbonated drink bottles, to be returned at local grocery stores. Adding an additional 5 cents at the time of purchase, to be collected when the water bottles are returned. From what I've gathered this bill has already been in place and is the reason for soda cans and beer bottles being returnable for recycling. This bill may be on the 2014 Massachusetts ballet for voting this year. Whether you vote pass or void, it's important to get your vote out there. It's even more important to know what's being agreed upon by voting.
Some big businesses such as grocery stores are complaining that they don't have sufficient space to store these bottles. With more people switching from the unhealthy choice of soda to drinking more water, this would get the bottles off the street and into our stores where food is sold. Kind of like storing trash where food is stored. This would force stores into disposing these bottles as their responsibility. A link I shared to www.mass.gov provides answers as to why this bill would be better updated. It claims that, by recycling these bottles, it will create more jobs in recycling. Massachusetts already has 14,000 jobs dedicated to recycling programs. Whether this will create more jobs, or a bigger mess to pick up, the water bottle problem, is a problem.
I've recently started collecting cans for a neighbor. As a family that doesn't drink much soda, we haven't collected much. I would like to be able to save my water bottles instead of making more waste for our environment. Also, if you live in the area and are interested, I've also started planning a clean up day. This will be an event hosted by We Love The Babies, and gather up some friends and clean up our streets. I will update more on that at a later time.
What do you think of the water bottle bill? Are you for it? Do you think it's just another way for the state to make more money on deposits? Do you think the grocery stores will be able to keep up with the new recycling laws? Comment your thoughts and opinions down below! Thank you and happy recycling!
I found a video made last year, about Iowa updating their "Bottle Water Bill"
I also read a very interesting article debating the opposing views that recycling is always the right choice.