- The Massachusetts Bottle Bill went into effect nearly 26 years ago and was primarily aimed at beer and soda containers. At that time, non-carbonated beverages were exempt.
- These days, much of the soda has been replaced by non-carbonated beverages such as spring water, flavored water, vitamin water, and juice drinks in containers that have no refund value. These non-carbonated containers need to be included. Hopefully, one of the spring water/sport drink manufacturers will step up and support such a measure. How about it Aquafina, Dasani, Poland Springs, Evian, Nestle, Gatorade, Glaceau, Sunny Delight? Would any one of you want to be proactive?
- The five cent refund value is no longer adequate to encourage people to redeem containers and needs to be increased to a dime.
Presently, recycling and environmental groups are working towards making such changes to the Bottle Bill. More information is available here:
Perhaps, this old promo would help the way it did in the 1970s:
That birchbark canoe in the old promo might have been made by this fellow: