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Could Concord Have a Bottle Banning Comrade?

This spring, Arlington’s annual Town Meeting will take up an article seeking to adopt water-bottle banning bylaw to Concord’s.

Marco Rubio’s bottled water moment earlier this week probably grabbed more headlines, but there was another bit of bottle-related news that might have caught a Concoridan eye.

According to reports from earlier this week, a trio of Arlington High seniors collected enough signatures to get a water bottle bylaw like Concord’s on the warrant for their town’s special Town Meeting this spring.

See the full text of Arlington's article below.

That move comes as some in Concord are readying their rebuttal to the ban, while others rally in defense of the ground-breaking bylaw.

Concord resident Robin Garrison has a petitioner’s article on the Town Meeting warrant seeking to repeal the bottle bylaw. Meanwhile , is promoting positive options for a post-bottled water world.

With that in mind, we want to know, What words of wisdom would you offer to Arlington as the town considers a bottled-water bylaw?

Arlington's warrant article: 

Article 4, Bylaw Amendment, Sale of Drinking Water in Single-Serve PET Bottles

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws to prohibit the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in the Town of Arlington except in the event of an emergency; or take any action related thereto.

(Inserted at the request of Amy Currul and one hundred registered voters)

Karen Graziani February 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Arlington -- My advice is to try educate people in a positive way and bring residents and local businesses along, but don't give up! This important movement is growing in municipalities and college campuses across the world. Be ready for the bottled water industry to fight it and work *on the ground* in your town to scare people that they're losing they're freedom of choice. But in reality, people still have plenty of access to water! As a society, we absolutely need to change our habits on this --the effect of all of this disposable plastic is devastating to our oceans and marine life, not to mention bottled water's *completely unnecessary* contribution to climate change. Recycling can help, but is not nearly enough. I urge people to really research the impact of bottled water and challenge yourself to live without it completely. But, I support banning it at this point, as this information has been out in the public for a long time, and yet, I don't go a day without seeing people carry plastic water bottles. Way to go Arlington!!
Bill Montague February 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Hi folks, You may not agree with the Bottle Water Ban, for one reason or another - but deep down in your heart you know, it's the right thing to do! Bill Montague P.S. Contratualtions Arlington!

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