Monday, March 22, 2010

Denied Redemption, the Sad Ride Home

This old world may never change
The way it's been
And all the ways of war
Can't change it back again

I've been searchin'
For the dolphins in the sea
And sometimes I wonder
Do you ever think of me

I'm not the one to tell this world
How to get along
I only know the peace will come
When all hate is gone

I've been searchin'...

You know sometimes I think about
Saturday's child
And all about the time
When we were running wild

I've been searchin'...

This old world may never change
This world may never change
This world may never change

It was Fred Neil's deep voice singing those lyrics from The Dolphins that was heard on the way home from Bottle Bill's Redemption Center in Framingham this morning. It was to have been a good time for all 110 containers, but unfortunately half the group was denied redemption due to a technicality. Yes, they were soda bottles just like the others but because they'd spent too much time in the water while searching for the dolphins, the plastic wrapper bearing their redeemable status had been lost. Thus denied redemption, they watched as their associates, still bearing the appropriate paperwork, were redeemed at the whopping rate of 4-cents per bottle. That's right, only 4-cents per bottle. Back in 1983 that probably seemed fair, but in 2010 it only seems obsurd! It's not the redeemer's fault. They can't afford to give the whole nickel and stay in business. I think it's time for all containers to be treated equally and the redemption amount should be raised to a whole dime! Suppose any beverage manufacturer would support such a radical measure? Just one?
So, the once proud soda bottles, having been deemed as valueless as juice and water containers, were unceremoniously placed back into the trunk of my car for a trip to a common recycling bin. It was Fred's song they requested to hear. You can listen-in and feel their pain by going to this link and clicking in upper right corner.
Once, a long time ago, we citizens of Massachusetts had a Bottle Bill we could be proud of. Nowadays, not so much!


Lis said...

Love your "I'm the bird to call" logo - quite cool!

Al said...

Thanks Lis, Glad you like it!
The folks at did a nice job in providing me with a design that reinterprets the original towards my endeavors.
Speaking of the original, it was drawn back in the 1930s by Eddie Rand (hope I have his name right) and adorned many a waste-oil tank truck through the ensuing decades.

Lis said...

I remember those trucks well. Still remember Uncle Walter surprising me with that Zebco fishing kit he pulled out of the cab for me one day long ago. A truly nice guy. So happy to share his passion for fishing with the next generation.

Dixit et Fecit said...

Actually Uncle Bert (Herbert Wyman Peirce) was the source of the thought that produced the "Bird."
Walter was a young man working for his Uncle who asked his pal Eddy Rand if he wanted the job of creating a cartoon suitable to the mission of the fledgling Company. Eddy had training as a Commercial Artist. That's the story & I am sticking to it.