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Bigger Better Bottle Bill

It’s time to update the Bottle Bill! Nothing we use for a matter of minutes, like plastic water bottles, should threaten our health and pollute our environment for hundreds of years.

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As we close out 2021, a year in which we all faced challenges, it’s important to remember and celebrate the bright spots. We all did so much good work to launch the Better Bottle Bill campaign. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the top 21 highlights from 2021.
1. In January, Representative Marjorie Decker (Cambridge) and Senator Cindy Creem (Newton) filed what will be the nation’s strongest container deposit law
2. Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Marjorie Decker officially launched the Better Bottle Bill campaign with a Zoom event in September that drew legislators, activists, press, and organization leaders. Susan Collins of the Container Recycling Institute was a featured speaker
3. The Better Bottle Bill drew near unanimous public support at its hearing before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in the MA Legislature
4. The Boston Globe wrote a glowing editorial in support of the Better Bottle Bill
5. The Boston Globe published letters to the editor in support of the Better Bottle Bill written by Neil Rhein (Keep Massachusetts Beautiful), Alexa Puleo (Seaside Sustainability), and others
6. We’re closing out the year with 51 great co-sponsors in the state House of Representatives
7. …and with 13 strong co-sponsors in the state Senate
8. The Berkshire Eagle published an Op-Ed in support of the Better Bottle Bill from Jenny Hansell (Berkshire Natural Resources Council), Stephanie Bluementhal (Sheffield Saves), and MASSPIRG
9. The Patriot Ledger published an Op-Ed from Tucker Smith (Sustainable Milton) and MASSPIRG
10. MassLive published an Op-Ed from Katherine Lange (Massachusetts Rivers Alliance) and MASSPIRG
11. The Salem News and Gloucester Daily Times published an Op-Ed from Laura Hagen (The Humane Society of the United States - Massachusetts) and MASSPIRG
12. The Cape Cod Times published an Op-Ed from Andrew Gottlieb (Association to Preserve Cape Cod) and MASSPIRG
13. The Lowell Sun published an Op-Ed from Matthew Thorne (Merrimack River Watershed Council) and MASSPIRG
14. We’re closing out the year with 61 endorsements from state environmental and public interest groups
15. … and after just starting outreach, we already have 6 endorsements from small businesses in Massachusetts
16. We released a Better Bottle Bill Activist Toolkit, which gives everyday activists the tools they need to get involved (bit.ly/bottletoolkit)
17. We launched our Better Bottle Bill newsletter (share it with your friends! Tell them they can sign up here: bit.ly/bottlebillnewsletter)
18. MASSPIRG and affiliated organizations released the Trash in America report, which outlines our nation’s waste problem, and makes a strong case for container deposits for the country
19. MASSPIRG, USPIRG, and many others helped draft and introduce the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act in Congress, which includes a national Bottle Bill
20. Many local organizations – such as the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, Green Acton, ConcordCAN, and the First Church in Boston’s Plastics Pollution Affinity Group – held impressive events featuring discussions on plastic reduction, including the need to update the Bottle Bill
21. We’ve re-launched our Better Bottle Bill Facebook page to connect with activists and keep the broader public informed about our work
Have a healthy and joyful holiday season, here’s to working together for zero waste in 2022.

 

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The center will be closed on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 because of extremely cold temperatures during the operating hours.

Predictions are for temps in the single digits and with wind chill it will feel as cold as -9 between 10am and noon. Stay warm! Watch out for icy roads and walkways.