A battle over policies: What are the two bills to improve recycling in Massachusetts?
By Rachael Devaney
As Andrea Pendergast fed bottles and cans into the redemption machine at the liquor store she co-owns, she pondered the shortcomings of the existing recycling system.
“The redemption system is imperfect,” Pendergast, co-owner of Cape Cod Package Store Fine Wine & Spirits, said. “It’s a system we need to improve together. We all need to do our part.”
Public officials and those in the tourist industry decry litter that mars the Cape’s quaint towns and villages, beaches and roads.
There are ongoing arguments about solutions, Pendergast said, but no clear consensus over what to do. Environmental groups, bottling industries, and stores battle over policies included in a spectrum of bills surrounding recycling initiatives.