POLL: What's Your Take on Concord's Bottle Ban?

Take our poll or share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Oh Concord, you've done it again; fired another shot heard 'round the bottled beverage world.

By 39 votes, the third session of annual Town Meeting last night voted to in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles of less than 1 liter (34 ounces). 

The town's been down this road before. In 2010, Town Meeting voted in support of a similar ban, but that one was . Petitioner .

This time around, enforcement provisions were written into the bylaw and officials say they expect it to pass muster at Martha Coakley's office. If that happens, come Jan. 1, 2013, Concord could become the first town in the country to actually ban the sale of single-serving PET bottled water.

So, with that in mind, we want to know, What's your take on Concord Town Meeting voting (again) to ban the sale bottled water? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section below.

Peter D'Orsi April 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I own the local catering truck in town . This ban would hurt my summer business.Business in town is bad enough with out this.
Bob Citizen April 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
This is the problem with local government. You get a bunch of moonbats with nothing better to do that try to enforce their wacky ideas on the silent majority, most of whom were home with their family and friends (and probably watching game 7 of the Bruins game). I guess it's "shame on us" for not paying more attention and attending town meeting to defeat this, but it is a lot harder to mobilize the majority against a fringe group of dedicated but misdirected citizens than it is to get 400 do-gooders (with nothing else to do) together.
Wayne April 27, 2012 at 03:24 PM
So the other bottle waters, juice drinks and energy drinks in plastic bottles are OK?To help the landfill and recycle issues then plastic issue should be addressed by the State. Massachusetts should follow what other States have down and put a deposit on the water, juice and energy drinks that would help solve the waste problem. Why punish the citizens and the merchants of Concord over this silly proposal. Do it the right way that makes sense.
Patrick Ball (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Hi there Mr. Citizen, just a few points in response to your comment: First, we discourage people from using terms to describe their neighbors. But if you're going to toe the line, please at least log in with your real name and stand behind it. I haven't thumbed through the nosy book lately, but I think you get my point. Secondly, to defeat this article would not have taken 400 "do-gooders." More like one-tenth of that total; this article passed by 39 votes. Thirdly, I'm sure some would argue that the problem with local government is not those who get engaged, but those who don't use the DVR once in a while.
Chris Arneson April 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
we have MANY visitors/ tourists to our town each year....I know that when I travel I frequently purchase bottled water ....especially during warm weather. Tourism brings a lot to our town....we need to be good hosts and offer our guests this option.....bottled water "to go".
Michelle OToole April 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I wish I was not working on Wed night and voted against this silly ban. Heart is in the right place... but way too simplistic. Does not matter where you buy the water - matters where you happen to be when it's empay... and more importantly what type of person are you... polluter or responsible human ?? Can't legislate personal responsibilty! This ban will hurt more than it helps! Promoting recycling is the better solution here!
Abe Fisher April 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hang on a sec, folks...I'm not thrilled by banning the darn things, but it's hardly the end of the world. It may be the wrong tool to address the problem, but it's pretty much the only tool we've got. The state legislature is apparently never going to expand the Bottle Bill to include non-carbonated beverages, so if we want to do anything, this bylaw is what we can do. Speaking of the bottle bill, remember when it first passed, about 30 years ago (am I really old enough to say that) and the retailers and bottlers and all tried to panic us that this was going to destroy life as we know it? Well, unless "life as we know it" is dependent on roadside litter, their predictions seem not to have panned out...
JClarke April 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
There are many things that other people put in their shopping carts that I don't like but I have no right and no interest in telling them not to buy it. Buying a safe, legal product like water packaged in a safe, legal container should not be subject to $50 fine! What is next -- Ziploc bags, Saran Wrap, Non-Organic Food, Diapers? Teach people what they can do about water issues (refilling stations, education, awareness, reusable containers,) and STOP legislating what you think they should do.
Jennifer April 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree with Wayne. And... I also think the national attention this ban has gotten is also good. We live in a bubble here in Concord. Plastic waste is a huge world wide problem, and just getting bigger. You gotta start somewhere. Check out this video--it's an eye opener. After seeing this I am glad there are individuals with the gumption to do what they can to tackle this huge problem--whether it be the right or wrong, at least their trying! I'd like them to take on soda bottles instead, but hey, I'm not doing anything about it--so there you have it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta8HaHP_9rE&feature=related I just hope my kids and I remember to bring their stainless steel water bottles to all their Concord games and practices!
Al Peirce April 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
There's a certain amount of irony in that on the very day our state legislature refused (once again) to include non-carbonated beverage containers in our bottle bill, the citizens of Concord took real decisive action by enacting this ban. I tip my hat to Concord.
x April 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Isn't it nice being in the spotlight? Concord joins Cambridge, Madison and Berkeley as another liberal source of half-baked ideas. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Danien Beets April 30, 2012 at 01:48 AM
As a resident of Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia, I can comment from personal experience on the initiative undertaken by the residents of Concord. A lot of the comments here seem to confuse two issues: A/ Pollution caused by plastic waste; B/ Pollution caused by the manufacture, transport and packaging of a commodity that is freely available from every tap. People are right when they say this new bylaw doesnt really address the pollution by plastic waste. But if we want to drink soda or juice then it needs to be packaged in something. What that packaging is a whole other discussion. But why, when we all have good access to a tap that provides good clean water, do we need to buy water at a hugely inflated price that has been driven half way across the country? If you think that bottled water is cleaner or more pure than what comes out of your tap, do a search on the net and discover the unbelievable truth about the water that you buy in a bottle, in many cases it is no different to tap water. Congratulations Concord, you are making people take notice of one of many issues with pollution and our environment in today's world.
x April 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Danien, I thought you were joking but then looked at a world map. There is a place called Bundanoon, Australia. It should become a sister city with Concord, Massachusetts. Our common motto could be, "Use less plastic, drink less water." Being further along in this process I'm sure you can come up with a better one. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Danien Beets May 01, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Hi, Maybe I should clarify. Bundanoon banned bottled water in 2009. The world's media descended on use for a few weeks. It was an amazing time. Recently we have had documentry crews here from Concord speaking to people and recording interviews in preparation for Concord's big vote.
Brooks Stevens May 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Thank you, Concord, for passing this incredibly important by-law. Let's get rid of plastic shopping bags next! The marine life around the world will be forever grateful...
Brooks Stevens May 03, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thank you, Concord, for passing this very important by-law. Hopefully, it will make us all think twice about the small choices we make everyday that have big consequences on our planet. Let's ban plastic bags next!
Maurette Cobb May 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Less than 2% of Concord's population voted for this ban with less than 5% of the town's population attending the meeting, this is not strong democracy. We need to look at ways to make it easier for people who are frail, ill, have work and caring commitments to be able to vote. I'm sure we can come up with some ideas that improve the situation that don't cost money.
x May 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Maurette, Excellent idea... meanwhile 'people who are frail, ill, have work and caring commitments' will have to figure out how to get by without single serve water bottles. What's next on the banned list... certain foods?... a few unworthy books?... exhaling dreaded carbon dioxide? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Adriana Cohen May 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I agree JClarke! All Americans should have the freedom to buy any safe, legal, FDA approved product they wish without gov't interference or from special interest groups. What's the point in having the FDA if we can't buy their approved products?? Should we ban the FDA next b/c they've now become an "Academic" institution? (Meaning consumers are no longer allowed to buy products that are on their safe list?) If we allow the gov't or others to dictate behavior and commerce, they can - at will - ban any random product they like. Should we ban red lipstick next because some whacko doesn't like the color or the plastic casing it's in? This is a dangerous ban that should never have gotten voted on in the first place. But that's the problem with Concord. Anyone who gets 10 signatures can create a petition for any absurd thing. Hence the warrant to lease all cats! That speaks volumes of who lives in this Town. Very scary..
Kate Middleton May 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
If you walk around town during the summer months and survey the trash ballooning out of Concord public trash cans, you will see oodles of plastic CUPS, not bottles, from chain stores like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Though we cannot target specific businesses, perhaps a plastic cup tax, would be more appropriate than banning single serve water bottles. - Concord's Kate Middleton
x May 03, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Kate, We don't need citizens proposing taxes. Politicians do well enough. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
aha May 04, 2012 at 02:11 AM
With all due respect, Rev. Pimperton, are you serious? You can "get by" by purchasing a stainless steel bottle and filling it up with CONCORD TAP water. And I agree with Brooks, plastic bags should be next. Everybody should be carrying their own bags around in their trunk! There's no excuse not to...
x May 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
"The ban accomplishes nothing..." It gave four hundred voters at town meeting a warm feeling. But like wetting your pants, it won't last. The unintended consequences will harm some and inconvenience others. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
aha May 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I find it very sad that so many are missing the point. It's not about taking away a healthy alternative. Water is still going to be available! Just not in horrifyingly wasteful and destructive convenient, single-serve containers. I think playing the convenience card is short-sighted as well. Carrying around your own bottle and drinking tap water is inconvenient? Maybe it's more convenient to throw trash out the car window, but do you do that?? No, this isn't the answer to all of our environmental problems. And no, this won't prevent tourists from purchasing sodas and fancy drinks from Starbucks (I'd love to know what would...?). But yes, this is a good start. An easy step to take to address a huge, global issue. Why wouldn't we take it?
x May 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
We got the point. If the bill becomes law there will be fewer ways and fewer places to get fresh pure water in Concord. A healthy alternative is being taken away... which is why so many rational people are upset and why many outsiders are making fun of Concord. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Adriana Cohen July 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
The government shouldn't be controlling commerce. Consumers should control the marketplace based on their purchasing decisions. Do people really want the gov't sticking their nose in your shopping cart and dictating to you and your family what you are allowed to eat, drink and buy? If so: good luck to you! Because you know the saying: If you give someone an inch, they'll take a yard. So say good bye to endless other products to be banned by the Nanny State - next. And at what cost to freedom, health, the economy, and jobs? Surely those things matter - not just the environment. No??
x July 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Deadly dihydrogen monoxide should be banned completely in Concord. http://www.dhmo.org/ Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Jay February 16, 2013 at 03:46 AM
I'm assuming you mean "leash" all cats.
Cassandra April 17, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I agree with Jennifer. 50 billion water bottles are bought each year. 1500 water bottles are consumed every second. 17 Million gallons of oil are used per year to produce these bottles. Yes, I think there should be a deposit on these things, and that the Bottle Bill should have passed through the state. But now that I see it hasn't, I'm willing to back banning bottles to get the message across to our country. We don't want bottles, and we don't want to use foreign oil to get them!


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