There'll be no need for a re-count. On Tuesday voters in Massachusetts, by an overwhelming majority, elected not to expand our state's Bottle Bill to include non-carbonated beverage containers leaving us with the status quo. Our 1983 version Bottle Bill is left to continue working with one hand tied behind its back in its yeoman's work of getting nearly 80% of beer and soda containers recycled.
So if the Bottle Bill won't be allowed to help, how will we prevent the thousands upon thousands of Poland Springs, Gatorade, PowerAde, et all plastic bottles from continuing their long, slow, and steady migration to the sea?
Relying on curbside recycling programs in dealing with today's litter problem may be akin to this...
Is streamside, roadside, or trailside recycling a likely solution?
How about enforcement of anti-littering laws? A likely solution?
I'm at a loss of ideas. Perhaps the American Beverage Association has some suggestions...or perhaps the now cash-flush local television outlets.
Hope springs eternal.