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Bottles Banned: AG Approves Concord's Water Bottle Bylaw

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, you won't be able to purchase non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in polyethylene terephthalate bottles of one liter or less.

The Attorney General's Office today issued its approval of Concord's water-bottle banning bylaw.

The bylaw, , will prohibit the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in a polyethylene terephthalate bottle of one liter or less.

According to a letter to the town announcing the approval, the analysis and approval was influenced by the Supereme Court's decision that a Minnesota law banning retail sale of milk in non-returnable, non-refillable plastic containers did not violate the federal equal protection or due process clauses or unlawfully burden interstate commerce.

To read the AG's letter, click the PDF posted to your right.

Martha Coakley's office, due to inadequate language in previous iterations of the bylaw.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

Jim Swim September 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
WOW... what a waste of energy... lets leave soda on the shelves and get rid of a better alternative!!!! So now we will just buy OWater or Gatorade!!! This is evidence of people with too much idle time on their hands!
Ann Murphy September 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
This is the craziest thing I have ever heard of. I agree that there are too many plastic bottles out there...but what about the sugar-laden soda and other so-called sports drinks that pack on the calories? At least water is zero calories and healthy. Geesh!
Colleen September 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The issue is that the bottles are not returnable. Concord wouldn't have done this, had the state not rejected the depost on all individual sized plastic bottles, instead of just soda. Stores are being encouraged to sell reusable bottles, instead, with a tap, or a filtered tap, to fill them from (many are already starting to do this). Then the store makes more money, and people save money, in the long run, and get a healthier and safer alternative, since Concord water passes tests and wins awards, while bottled water is not actually monitored or tested (amazing, but true!). There are machines that dispense cold, filtered water, for a fee, available, too.
Ann Murphy September 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Thanks for the update Colleen. that makes more sense.
Jim Swim September 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Really? I had rust colored water coming out of my facet in Concord for years... I wouldnt drink it and really did not want to use it for anything!!!! No way would I go purchase Tap water from a store... I have to ask... what are you drinking????
John September 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
It's a sad day when a visitor, runner or cyclist cannot buy a bottle of heatlhy water in Concord to drink. But, take heart, they can buy all the soda, beer or wine they want, and have a cigarette they purchased in Concord to go with it. (oh - maybe this will not help the heart). This is the most ridculous use of peoples time and money ever. Had the people who fought for this article used their time to put deposits on the bottes or better yet, put a ban on beer, soda, wine (well, maybe not wine) and cigarettes, we would all be healthier. Bring on the next article at town meeting to bring back healthy liquid in Concord. I can't wait for the fight.
M. Wright September 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Yes, this is absurd. It truly is a matter of basic rights being denied because some people have nothing better to do than impose their beliefs on others. I have lived in Concord for more than 30 years, do not buy bottled water on any regular basis, but think that should be one's choice. Shame on the AG, shame on Concord....Can you spell self importance???
Debbie Barr September 06, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Can you spell self indulgence? The Updated Bottle Bill was held up for 12 years in the legislature..apparently, lobbying money held sway, even though 70% of MA residents approve the bylaw. If you are thirsty, try a reuseable container and tap water. How did we survive without single serve bottled water! Very well, indeed. Our kids are way ahead of the pack...they use filling stations, and many many campuses simply do not have bottled water. Good for Concord for standing up to the marketing wizards of the bottling industry.
Jim Swim September 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Yes and how did we all live without the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail... another huge waste of time and energy. Have you checked the damage around Whites Pond recently and the trail is not even open yet! I think you are missing the point here... how can you ban water and not soda and sweetened water... you will stop nothing by this ban! People will simply buy larger bottles of water or other alternatives like OWater! I would like to ask all the people that support this for the good of the environment...what are you driving? Perhaps Concord's next move is to ban all cars that do not get at least 40 miles per gallon or how about ... a Hybrid only town... that would make national news for sure!!!!
Rich Lyons September 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
A complete mockery of common sense - an utter waste of time and energy - a blemish to all historic Concord represents and I could go on and on regarding the absurdity of this idea. While I agree we have an obscene problem with plastic polluting the environment, the tiny town of Concord creating looney laws to combat the issue is not going to have any measurable impact on the problem. Let's work on a national platic bottle bill, as that may actually decrease the amount of pollution destroying our oceans and over-running our landfills. In the mean time, look for our anti-prohibition party to get off the repeal process of this law - we will have legal contraband (WATER) from all the surrounding towns, who thank us for the ban, as they profit dearly from it. Plus, many local dentists will be there, as parents and their children will now be forced to turn to soft drinks like Coke and Mountain Dew and sugary sports drinks (also in plastic) to quench their thirst. Lets collectively fight the bored minority and bring H20 back to the stores of Concord.

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