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Every day, Massachusetts residents send over 1½ Million water bottles to our landfills and incinerators. The recycling rate of these containers is a pathetic 22%. At the same time, carbonated beverages, like Coke and Pepsi, are recycled at 80% due to the overwhelming success of the State's bottle bill, the 5¢ deposit on beverage containers.
Big business has been using their influence to "bottle up" the bottle bill update for 14 years. Despite overwhelming support for the update by the public (77% support an update according a poll by Mass Inc), Gov. Deval Patrick, and a majority of state legislators, the bill is still stalled.
It's time to bring the Bottle Bill Update to the floor for a vote.
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