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    1. 2. History of the Bottle Bill: Part 1 <ul><li>1982: First container deposit law for soda, beer passed </li></ul><ul><li>vetoed by Gov. King, overturned by referendum </li></ul><ul><li>“ end of times” predicted by industry didn’t happen </li></ul><ul><li>1990: Redemption centers receive first and last increase in handling fee, from 1¢ to 2.25¢/container </li></ul><ul><li>~1996: First bill to expand definition to non-carbonated beverages filed </li></ul><ul><li>Filed and sent to “study” every session since, until… </li></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>2010: Updated Bottle Bill reported out of TUE Committee 2 weeks before end of session </li></ul><ul><li>Died in Senate Ways & Means Committee </li></ul><ul><li>2011: Large and growing coalition advocating for HB890 (Rep. Wolf, Sen. Creem) </li></ul><ul><li>Governor Patrick </li></ul><ul><li>MassDEP </li></ul><ul><li>16 Senate, 66 House cosponsors </li></ul><ul><li>65 organizations </li></ul><ul><li>170+ municipalities , including Boston </li></ul><ul><li>77% of 1/11 MassINC poll respondents </li></ul>History of the Bottle Bill: Part 2
    3. 4. Legislative Process <ul><li>Legislator files bill, seeks cosponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Bill assigned to committee (Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy for UBB) </li></ul><ul><li>(TUE) Committee holds hearing </li></ul><ul><li>If (TUE) Committee reports out favorably with edits… </li></ul><ul><li>Other committees review - Rules, Ways & Means, Third Reading. If they edit and release and … </li></ul><ul><li>If House Speaker brings to floor, </li></ul><ul><li>Senate President brings to floor and it gets majority vote, </li></ul><ul><li>Conference committee reconciles differences </li></ul><ul><li>Governor signs bill </li></ul>
    4. 5. What’s in H890 <ul><li>Adds to the deposit /refund system: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>non-alcoholic noncarbonated beverage containers (flavored and unflavored waters, juice, tea, sports drinks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>excludes dairy-derived products, infant formula, medicines; paper-based and multi-layer aseptic packaging. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exempts small dealers from redemption requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Raises handling fee from 2.25 ¢ to 3.25 ¢ , adds review mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Revives Clean Environment Fund - unclaimed deposits to fund waste reduction and other environmental programs </li></ul>
    5. 6. Bottle Bill effects <ul><li>Deposits recover 70% of containers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~5% recycled at curb </li></ul></ul><ul><li>~25% of nondeposit containers are recycled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Few recycling options away from home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~9 times more likely to be littered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costly for municipalities to manage – litter, trash </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MassDEP Study estimates $4-7Million/year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Redemption system creates jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Recovering containers saves energy, resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Update  ~1 billion more containers to deposit system </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. The Redemption System <ul><ul><li>Handling fee = Redemption Centers’ only income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid by distributors/bottlers for redeemed containers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last fee increase in 1990 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redemption centers closing – 120 in 1997, about 60 now. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation is challenging, costly. No delivery/ backhaul potential for distributors, won’t pick up at RCs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reverse vending machines (TOMRA) not available to redemption centers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handles about 1.5 billion containers/year </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. The opposition <ul><ul><li>Industry opposes paying handling fee, giving unclaimed deposits to State. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Archaic, inefficient, ineffective, costly” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal programs “more efficient” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Costly to consumers” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ tax”, “money grab by state” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 0.4%-<2% of waste stream” (actually 3-4%, ~200K TPY) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. The UBB Coalition <ul><li>Save municipalities $ </li></ul><ul><li>Increase recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce litter </li></ul><ul><li>77% of polled adults support </li></ul><ul><li>It’s time to bring it to the floor for a vote </li></ul><ul><li>League of Women Voters </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Municipal Association </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental League of Mass. </li></ul><ul><li>60 other orgs. </li></ul>
    9. 10. What can we do? <ul><li>Municipal resolution – is your town on the list? </li></ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your State Senator, Representative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EVERY PHONE CALL MATTERS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>617-722-2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did they co-sponsor? (Thanks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will they tell the House Speaker/ Senate President they support? (Please) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they on the TUE Committee? (next slide - “Please report H890 out soon”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch the MassRecycle listserve for Action Alerts </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Senate Members Jennifer L. Flanagan Eileen Donoghue James B. Eldridge Michael R. Knapik House Members John H. Rogers Thomas A. Golden Jr. Walter F. Timilty Stephen L. DiNatale Carlo P. Basile Tackey Chan John J. Mahoney Paul Adams Randy Hunt Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy 617-722-1625
    11. 12. <ul><li>Claire Sullivan, Executive Director </li></ul><ul><li>781.329.8318 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Thank you