POLL: Bottle Bill is Dead, Long Live the Ban?
Does another year without an expanded bottle bill affect your feelings about Concord’s own battle with the (water) bottle? Are you more or less likely to support a local bylaw that banning the sale of single-serving water bottles?
An expanded bottle bill died in conference committee earlier this week, but Concord’s water bottle bylaw’s fate is yet unsealed.
So while Massachusetts is likely looking at at least another year without a 5-cent redeemable deposit on plastic bottled water, juices, teas and sports drinks, it’s still very possible Concordians may not be looking at bottled water much at all.
Earlier this year, Concord’s annual Town Meeting voted to pass a bylaw banning the sale of single-serving water bottles of less than 1 liter (34 ounces). And news of the expanded bottle bill’s failure to make it into the Senate jobs bill came just days before the original due date for Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to deliver its determination on whether the bylaw is constitutional.
However, the AG has extended the 90-day reviewing period by 45 days, bringing the deadline into mid-September. It’s unclear whether the bottle bill’s fate at the state level factored into the decision to delay, but a determination is expected to arrive no later than Monday, Sept. 17.
In the meantime, we’re curious: Does another year without an expanded bottle bill affect your feelings about Concord’s own battle with the (water) bottle?