THE FACTS ABOUT QUESTION 2
80% of bottles and cans with a deposit on them are recycled, while only 23% of containers without a deposit on them are recycled.
1.5 billion bottles end up as trash or litter each year that would instead get recycled if Question 2 is passed. That's enough bottles to fill Fenway Park up to the Monster Seats.
The updated Bottle Bill will save our cities and towns about $6.7 million a year in litter pick up and trash disposal costs. (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Study conducted by DSM Environmental Services, Inc.)
Go to: www.yeson2ma.org for all the information.
False statements are being made in advertisements (Bottling companies have spent $8 Million so far on advertisements containing many erroneous facts.)
"90% of the state has curbside recycling": NO! It is closer to 46% and 77% of the non-deposit bottles and cans presently end up NOT being recycled.
"Politicians get to keep all those nickels that pile up if you don't redeem deposits": NO! The money NOW goes into the state's general fund but under the new law it will go into funds earmarked specifically for environmental programs, to clean up state parks, and aid municipalities to control litter.
"There will be higher prices for products covered by the new bill": NO! Statistics from other states do not show this.
"There will be a tax on Milk Bottles": NO! MILK IS EXEMPT!!!
"The tax will go up again 5 years": NO! There is no provision for this in the bill. It will be reviewed in 5 years to check progress just like the old fee (it is not a tax; it is a redeemable fee) that has NEVER been increased since 1982.
Check out the facts and VOTE YES ON QUESTION 2.