The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is asking voters to expand the deposit on single-serve beverage containers to non-carbonated beverages.
The League joined MassPIRG and the Sierra Club Wednesday, August 7 in filing a request with the Massachusetts Attorney General to put the updated bottle deposit question on the ballot in November 2014 and will be working to collect the signatures needed to get the issue on the ballot.
The current five-cent deposit on carbonated beverages was enacted in 1982. Supporters of the ballot initiative argue that the deposit should be expanded to include such non-carbonated beverages as water, tea and sports drinks. They have been encouraging the legislature to make that change for over 10 years, but the legislation has failed to pass.
Supporters of the expanded bottle deposit initiative, including the League, will be collecting signatures this fall to put the question on the ballot. As with the original bottle bill initiative that led to the 1982 law, members of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts will work to make the updated bottle bill a reality!