And losing a vote in famously liberal Massachusetts on such an obviously good cause (in liberal eyes) as expanding the state's bottle bill
can be shocking.
Franklin promoted bottle-bill legislation, wrote industry reports, secured grants, spoke at recycling events, helped organize bottle bill
summits and served as a spokeswoman for recycling in literally hundreds of interviews.
Legislative proposals to add water and other beverages to Oregon's Bottle Bill
could push the plastic recycling rate close to 30 percent, the DEQ projects.
Studies have shown that the recycling rates in bottle bill
states are much higher than the average.
Mark Fernald of Sharon says he is tired of picking up beer bottles and cans that "slobs" toss to the side of the road, so he is sponsoring a new bottle bill
Redemption rates are falling, returning empties is less convenient than it used to be, and some are asking whether the bottle bill
has outlived its purpose now that most people have curbside recycling service.
Massachusetts voters will decide four statewide questions on Tuesday's election ballot, concerning the gas tax, an expanded bottle bill
, casino gambling, and earned sick time.
Scavenging has been an issue in the Big Apple since it passed a bottle bill
in 1982, which placed a nickel deposit on any carbonated beverage sold within the state.
The New York State Assembly has passed bill A 2517, which seeks to expand the state's bottle bill
to include bottled water, juices, sports drinks and other beverages.
My goal is to have a national bottle bill
of 25 cents per bottle in the not-too-distant future.
McGrath said that the Tellus report seemed to be weighted towards the opinions of bottle bill
proponents, and drew upon pro-bottle bill
sources for much of its data.