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Modernizing Bottle Bills: Saving the Environment and the Economy

By Elizabeth Balkan

The Northeast region is warming faster than global average temperatures. This means rising sea levels, rising temperatures, and danger not only to the environment but to longtime industries unique to the region such as its world-renown lobster trade.

The region could achieve major environmental and economic benefits if it dealt more effectively with an everyday product—the more than 400 beverage containers per person being wasted, burned, or littered each year. Curbside recycling has not been effective enough, but a proven, cost-effective intervention exists: the bottle bill. Yet all Northeast bottle bills need to be modernized for maximum impact. 

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