1. A “YES” vote on Question 2 on November 4th will support expansion of the current deposit system to include a nickel deposit on bottles that contain water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other beverages. These products were a tiny part of the beverage market when the original law went into effect in 1982, so the current law only covers carbonated beverage containers.
2. A “YES” vote on Question 2 will help reduce litter in our state. States that have comprehensive bottle bills have seen a 70 to 80 percent reduction in beverage container litter.
3. A “YES” vote on Question 2 will help increase the number of plastic bottles that are recycled: 80 percent of bottles and cans with a deposit are recycled, whereas only 23 percent of containers without a deposit are recycled. Each year in Massachusetts about 1 billion non-deposit bottles are tossed out – that’s enough bottles to fill Fenway Park to overflowing.
4. A “YES” vote on Question 2 will save Massachusetts cities and towns an estimated $7 million annually in costs associated with litter collection, trash disposal, and storm drain cleaning, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. [hotlink to http://massbottlebill.org/files/Impacts%20of%20EBB%20on%20Municipal%20Recycling.pdf]
5. A “YES” vote on Question 2 is endorsed by the Wellesley High School Green Team. The Green Team students worked very hard this fall and spring gathering signatures to put this measure on the ballot! The Wellesley Board of Selectmen also passed a resolution in support of the updated bottle bill, as have 209 other towns and cities in Massachusetts.
6. A “YES” vote on Question 2 would help re-establish the Clean Environment Fund. If consumers recycle their bottles instead of redeeming them, the money from unredeemed bottles will go directly into the Clean Environment Fund to help keep our parks and waterways clean.
7. A “YES” vote on Question 2 would support a popular measure that has had widespread public support for many years, and has been endorsed by more than 400 small businesses. Opponents to the updated bottle bill are largely big business interests including Coca-Cola, Polar Beverages, and Ocean Spray.
8. A “YES” vote on Question 2 will put you in good company: More than 120 local and state environmental organizations support the update, including the League of Women Voters of MA, Mass Audubon, the Sierra Club, the Environmental League of MA, and MASSPIRG.
9. A “YES” vote on Question 2 is endorsed by Sustainable Wellesley. We believe that expanding the current deposit system is a good way to keep our community clean and encourage recycling.
10. A “YES” vote on Question 2 on November 4th makes good sense for our planet and our children’s future!