Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Election Day

I just looked back on on this date back in November 2004, the year I started this blog, it was also Election day. On that day, George W. Bush was somehow reelected as our president. This year, it's a slightly less dramatic election as we are in midterms.

As I write this, it's too early to tell what the results will be, I tend to feel utter disgust though when a republican is voted into office.

Instead of waxing on about it all though, I want to address one of the ballot questions in MA; at least briefly. Currently, we have a five cent deposit on certain beverages, mostly carbonated. There was a ballot question to expand it to uncarbonated beverages such as bottled water and sports drinks, etc.

I didn't think this was well thought out, I think we can encourage more recycling in a number of ways, one might be additional types of beverages, another, a higher deposit - which may be a better incentive to redeem them. The biggest problem I have with the current laws, which was not addressed in the new movement - and is the main reason I opposed, is the ease of redemption.

Currently, most stores will only redeem deposit products that they sell. I don't think this is fair - I shouldn't have to bounce around from place to place, or make a special trip to one local redemption center (which I happen to be fortunate enough to live near). I think if we are asked to participate in the process of recycling, that it should be made as easy as possible, everyone that sells products in redeemable containers should have to redeem all redeemable containers.

I will leave it there,

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