MAY 2012

Massachusetts group reaches 500 members

Real Recycling for Massachusetts, an organization made up of businesses, individuals, trade organizations and unions who support increasing the state’s recycling rate and oppose a bottle bill expansion, has grown to include 500 members following their initial launch last August.

The 500 member coalition supports finding impactful and cost-effective ways to increase the state’s recycling rate, and holds that bottle bill expansion will be costly to consumers and merchants while having little environmental impact. The coalition is urging the Legislature to reject a costly and ineffective bottle bill expansion.

“Expanding the bottle bill will cost grocers and consumers more money but it won’t work to reduce litter or improve recycling,” said Chris Flynn, president of the Massachusetts Food Association and member of Real Recycling for Massachusetts. “It is no wonder that when Massachusetts voters have the facts, almost 70 percent oppose bottle bill expansion.”

Proposals to expand the state’s bottle bill would add a $.05 fee to bottled water, juices, iced tea and sports drinks, in addition to the $.05 fee already placed on beer and water. The legislation would also require grocers to act as redemption centers and collect empty bottles and cans at their stores. Real Recycling for Massachusetts members are concerned about the impact that overhead costs from redeeming bottles, as well as the new fees on beverages, could have on businesses, consumers and jobs.

Real Recycling for Massachusetts seeks to expand recycling by making it more accessible in public places, such as parks and arenas, and increasing access to recycling in the work place.