Speaking against Ballot Question 2 to expand the Bottle Bill is Nicole Giambusso, spokesperson for the No on Question 2 Stop Forced Deposits Committee. Giambusso is a staffer at a public relations firm hired by beverage companies opposed to the question.
The arguments against the question, as summarized by the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office are the following:
Massachusetts should be a recycling leader, but Question 2 will keep us in the past. Ninety percent of households now have access to curbside and community recycling programs. Let’s focus on what works instead of expanding an outdated, ineffective, and inconvenient system.
Everyone wants to increase recycling rates—but expanded forced deposits are the wrong approach.
Question 2 would:
• cost nearly $60 million a year, more than three times the price of curbside programs (while increasing recycling rates by less than 1 percent);
• waste taxpayer dollars on expanding an uneconomical, 30-year-old system;
• raise your nickel deposit and additional fees every five years—without your vote.
Today, more than $30 million of your unclaimed nickels go into the state’s general fund and into the hands of politicians – not to environmental programs. Let’s stop throwing money at an inefficient system and invest in modern recycling technology.