Concord, Massachusetts bans sale of small water bottles

 
Bottled water Not everyone in Concord agrees with the ban on the sale of small bottles of water

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The US town of Concord in Massachusetts has banned the sale of bottled water in units smaller than one litre.

The law came into effect on January 1, after a three-year campaign to reduce waste and encourage tap water use.

First offenders will get a warning. Anyone caught selling the banned bottles a second time will be fined $25 (£15), with $50 for further offences.

The Australian town of Bundanoon introduced a complete ban on bottled water in 2009.

More than 90 universities in the US and others around the world have already restricted the sale of plastic bottles, as have some local government authorities.,

Concord has not introduced any restrictions on the sale of small bottles of other drinks, and the bylaw has an exemption in case of emergencies.

Campaigners say Americans consume 50 billion small bottles of water each year.

The bottled water industry says the small bottles are essential to modern life and encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.

But Jean Hill who led the campaign for the ban in Concord, told the New York Times: "What I'm trying to do with this bylaw is to increase the barriers to buying single-serve bottled water."

"In order to help people change, you need to put policies in place that steer them away from buying bottled water and toward considering the many other good alternatives."

Some of the town's residents argue the ban is pointless, as they can go down the road and buy small bottles from shops in neighbouring towns.

Ms Hill says she was inspired to begin her campaign by her grandson, who told her about a vast floating island of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean.

 

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    Comment number 409.

    What will they do with the existing small bottles of water in Concord, throw them off the fiscal cliff?

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    Comment number 408.

    They put Fluoride in the tap water. Bottled water is a better alternative. Better still is to filter your water with a high quality filter.

    The Fluoride put in our water supply is devastating, it comes from Shanghai Minthchem Development in China many other industrial factories including our own. Search google.

    They should encourage not legislate we have too many silly laws.
    Teach not rule

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    Comment number 407.

    403.The Info Warrior
    Just now
    Do you feel they should be adding 'any' chemical to the water supply for mass medicating reasons?

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    Why not for genuine reasons of health once with proper understanding of the science (NOT the scare stories that Flurine is in Prozac so Sodium Fluoride etc. = Prozac)

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    Comment number 406.

    As someone who is from this town, I think this is very interesting. The only complaints I have heard is that this ban will make people choose unhealthy beverages rather than water. Recently, however, our high school installed systems that use recycled water to fill reusable water bottles-so far, this has saved over 20,000 plastic bottles. Plastic waste is huge issue, personally I am for this ban.

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    Comment number 405.

    All efforts to reduce waste are admirable, but they often have shortcomings. Recyclables often end up in regular waste. The solution is to recycle all waste. Landfills and incineration cause polution and current recycling methods only divert fractions of recyclables.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 404.

    Tap water can cause health risks due to added chemicals. Bottled wate is much cleaner, and safer. Its much safer for children and unborn babies. By drinking tap water you will have additional exposure to dieldrin, an insecticide, aldrin, a neurotoxic form of dieldrin, and 1,3-dichloropropene, a soil fumigant. Moreover, fluoride, a chemical that severely damages the brain. Do some Research.

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    Comment number 403.

    402.CURTAINS 2012

    Keep up; you too...

    I note you skilfully avoided my final question:
    Do you feel they should be adding 'any' chemical to the water supply for mass medicating reasons?

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    Comment number 402.

    401.Serk
    Just now
    Ensuring the government policy of feeding us all mind numbing flouride is better implemented around the western world! Just to keep us all passive!

    ===

    Keep up! We've aleady had the Fluoride = Prozac nonsense on here.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 401.

    Ensuring the government policy of feeding us all mind numbing flouride is better implemented around the western world! Just to keep us all passive!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 400.

    The city of Concord is a bully. I rarely buy bottled water in small containers. However, there are a few instances when I need it. I keep one in the car for emergency thirst. A cup would spill and also let in dirt over a period of days and weeks. Children sometimes need water. This measure may harm children. In past years, I searched for a store and bought Coke. Water is healthier.

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    Comment number 399.

    Asking people nicely to recycle and stop littering doesn't always work. Years ago you paid a returnable deposit on most glass drinks bottles.There weren't many of those thrown away.Today everything is thrown away from fast food containers to televisions !

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    Comment number 398.

    We see so much stupid stuff coming out of the States, which sadly our sheep like culture just takes on board. At last though a common sense, practical ruling, one which I hope we do take up.

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    Comment number 397.

    To all those that say 'what's the problem, plastic bottles can be recycled' In the UK only 50% of plastic bottles are recycled, which means we still have 281,000 tonnes go into landfill - every year. They don't recycle themselves, they need human interaction to recycle them. I drink tap water everywhere I go, including ordering it in restaurants, and can't taste any difference.

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    Comment number 396.

    387.timbo59
    Did think they might be better off Banning guns"
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    If it wasn't for that pesky Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, they'd have done that years ago.Pity there's no clause that protects us from Puritan food police.

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    Comment number 395.

    I think recycling is common sense...but having led litter picking by kids for years in the USA I feel that the 5c a bottle is so piddling that they are thrown away more often than not. Even in schools where we recycle they are in the trash can right NEXT to the recycling can!
    Banning bottles and plastic bags is an environmentally sound policy. Be responsible...bring water for your own needs!HNY!

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    Comment number 394.

    They forgot to mention that the tap water in Concord is undrinkable. Highly chlorinated and you need to be dying of thirst to drink it. This stuff is so bad even for your skin and hair if you don't don't have a filter installed in your shower.

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    Comment number 393.

    386.UnCivil_in_NY
    4 Minutes ago
    @380 Our steel conversation is getting a bit off topic, and I'd have to ask a lot of off-topic questions to narrow down what happened in your instance (my guess is those were weld lines

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    No welds in corroded zone on 20-25m SS diameter bars used as a protective cage on kit retrieved from offshore Norway. Low oxygen, little flow and salty.

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    Comment number 392.

    OK Ms. Hill got this idea because her grandchild commented on the mess of garbege in the Pacific Ocean, and this rule will help ..... HOW?

    Creating worthless rules and laws only creates amnimosity for legislative solutions, this is a misuse of her possible authority and good sense !!!

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    Comment number 391.

    383 The Info Warrior - Using figures from wikipedia, it'd take about 4000l to get to the median lethal dose (where half of the people die). That's over 5 years worth of drinking. And sodium fluoride doesn't bioaccumulate, so no danger.

    Also, stop using "chemical" as a dirty word, everything is a chemical! There's no problem with adding NaF to water, to be against it is just anti-science woo.

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    Comment number 390.

    And any complaint would be met with the usual lie of "this is NOT nanny knows best" attitude! The UK gov of course would take a different attitude, such as a 900% tax on small bottles, meaning screw up the environment if you must, just so long as we (MP's) can get even fatter on your taxes & they don't care about bans on 'fatties' being treated, as they can pay for their care and claim it all back

 

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