Real Recycling for Massachusetts warns against bottle bill amendment
Real Recycling for Massachusetts has warned Bay State consumers about a hidden tax that was attached to legislation designed to generate economic development and job creation.
Real Recycling is an organization of citizens, businesses, trade organizations and unions including the Massachusetts Food Association, Massachusetts Beverage Association, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Package Stores Association, the New England Convenience Store Association, National Federation of Independent Business and the International Bottled Water Association.
The Massachusetts Senate's tax is an expansion of the bottle bill that will add five cents to a variety of beverages such as iced tea, water, sports drinks and juices.
Massachusetts Food Association president Chris Flynn said that bottle bill expansion is not only bad for consumers and businesses, but it is bad for jobs and has absolutely no place in a bill aimed at creating them.
"In addition to burdening taxpayers and businesses, bottle bill expansion would have virtually no positive impact on the environment," he added.
"Massachusetts needs to increase recycling, but the only thing significantly increased by bottle bill expansion is the amount that Massachusetts families are being taxed.
"When voters have the full information about the bottle bill, more than 60 percent are against its expansion."
The bottle bill expansion is estimated to cost Massachusetts families $22m a year in bottle deposits.
It will also raise the price of groceries by $116m a year, while costing retailers, grocers and beverage companies an estimated $58m annually in additional operating costs.
The bottle bill will also negatively impact 3,700 beverage industry jobs throughout the Commonwealth.