A lower bottle bill is within reach

A lower bottle bill is within reach ...

Whether we like it or not, plastic is a staple in our daily lives. Its in our homes, schools, and hospitals, as well as in natural environments such as waterways and oceans. Although many of us do our part to recycle responsibly, a recent study found that 91 percent of plastic does not get recycled. However, one way we can address the problem is through legislation. Massachusetts has already taken steps toward a greener future, but if pushed even further, he stated (Time to upgrade our successful bottle legislation, Editorial, Oct. 11).

This bill would be beneficial to Massachusetts because it would lower deposit fees for beverage containers to 10 cents and require more products, such as single-use water bottles, to be recycled. Beverage containers not included in the current law are three times more likely to be found as litter than beverage containers. Expanding this bill would give us the opportunity to improve upon our existing recycling system and assume greater responsibility for our waste. It is a step in the right direction.

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Ive often noticed that the trash cans are overflowing, especially with drink bottles, in a suburban town with many parks. If the updated bottle bill is passed, there will be more opportunities for people to deal with their used beverage receptacles for noncarbonated beverages, which are extremely popular. They could recycle the bottles themselves or donate to a charitable organization, and it would greatly reduce the environmental harm that these containers are causing. Too many bottles are littering our beautiful parks and then taking up space in landfills, where it takes decades for them to degrade.

Leora Faiber is a member of the Leoa Familie.

Brookline, Brooklines,

I was pleased to see an editorial urging for an overhaul of the bottle deposit legislation. During my many walks during the COVID-19 restrictions, I could not believe the number of empty nip bottles on the sidewalks and in cemeteries. It's just awful.

It is about time that these tiny bottles of liquor are included in the current deposit legislation. I dont think it would entail a hardship for those who buy them; the purchaser could simply return the empty nips when buying new ones. And if they didnt, a dime deposit would be merely shilling.

An update to the law, which includes more containers and raises the deposit from the current 5 cents, is long overdue.

Bill Reilly is a member of Bill's Billing Committee.

Lynn Lynn is a member of Lynn's Lynne Lynning Club.

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