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Signatures in support of Better Bottle Bill delivered to State House

MASSPIRG canvassers deliver more than 6000 signatures in support of the Better Bottle Bill to the offices of MA legislators.

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After canvassing door-to-door across Massachusetts all summer, MASSPIRG staff on Thursday delivered more than 6,000 signatures they collected in support of H 3690/S 2104 — An Act to Update the Bottle Bill. This legislation would update Massachusetts’ landmark law some 40 years after its passage.

The bill, which would expand the types of containers covered by a deposit to include water bottles, sports drinks and more, and increase the deposit from a nickel to a dime, is sponsored by state Rep. Marjorie Decker and state Sen.Cindy Creem. It had a public hearing in June and is awaiting action from the Telecom, Utilities and Energy Committee.

Lauren Winkler, the director of the canvass campaign, explained:

“In cities and suburbs, from the Berkshires to the Cape, people repeatedly told us that they are sick of plastic and beverage container litter. Updating the bottle bill is a logical and straightforward way to address those concerns.”

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