The Massachusetts House is scheduled to debate an expanded version of the commonwealth's Bottle Bill this week, and many have mixed feelings on the issue.
Here in Needham, state Rep. Denise Garlick is a supporter of the bill, seeing it as a "natural progression" of the original bill passed in 1987 which established a 5-cent returnable deposit for certain types of bottles. The new bill would expand that piece of legislation to include water, juice and sports drink bottles, which have become much more common two decades after the original bill was passed.
"In making my decision about co-sponsoring that bill, I thought not only about the positive environmental impacts but I wanted to be assured that there are also positive business aspects," Garlick told Patch at a last week. "The information that I have actually supports that it doesn't have a negative impact on business and that in fact jobs can be developed out of the expansion of the Bottle Bill."
Needham selectmen also recently on the issue, though the view was not the same across the board.
So what do you think? Is the Bottle Bill a good idea? Is the expansion of it only natural? Can it be good for business as well as the environment? Or should it remain as it is, excluding certain types of bottles, or even be eliminated altogether? Should Massachusetts expand its Bottle Bill?
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