of Concord defeat ban on bottled water
The citizens of Concord, Massachusetts, voted
down a proposal to ban the sale of single-serve bottled water.
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) commended
the Retail Association of Massachusetts, who agreed that banning
bottled water would hurt local merchants and burden Concord taxpayers.
In addition, IBWA recognized the effort made by the Concord Board
of Health and Emerson Hospital in Concord, who sent individual
letters opposing the ban, citing public health issues if bottled
water was not readily available to its citizens.
The Town of Concord faced an influx of attention from anti-bottled
water activists seeking total bans on bottled water sales.
A second proposal seeking to educate Concord voters on the environmental
issues did pass but the measure does not address all plastic
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, bottled water
containers make up just one-third of one percent of the entire
United States waste stream. Therefore, any efforts to reduce
the environmental impact of plastic packaging must include all