State recycling law expansion may still cash in

June 29, 2012 by  

Rebounding from disappointment over the defeat of a bottle deposit and recycling bill in the Massachusetts legislature, a fresh motion to expand the state’s recycling system without burdening taxpayers may be just around the corner.

The man behind the defeated bill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, has consulted with Rep. John Keenan and uncorked a loophole so that the goal of his original motion, better recycling refunds and reduction of solid waste without users having to cash in, could be achieved.

Support for the expansion of Massachusetts’s bottle deposit program has come from 208 municipalities who have held council meetings and passed resolutions in favor of including sport drink bottles, juice tetra packs, and water bottles. Print companies are prolific recyclers of paper products and have long worked to reduce waste by responsible recycling of paper products and toxic waste such as print toner.

Last week, DeLeo told WBZ radio news in Boston:

“The chairman felt that soon he is going to be coming up with what he feels is going to be a more reasonable alternative to the bottle bill that can be used for more recycling efforts that we have here in Massachusetts and I await his proposal very anxiously.”

New policies and a more reasonable bill put forward in the legislature would help municipalities such as Dedham meet their targets for recycling and landfill material reduction. The state Department of Environmental Protection will also have freedom to roll out better curbside pickup of recyclables.