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Single-Serve Plastic Water Bottle Ban Too Green?

Concord, Mass., bans single-serve plastic water bottles. Good move for a greener environment or too far?

The Concord Patch reports that after three years of debate, Concord is one of the first communities in the U.S. to pass a by-law that bans the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. Led by local activists pushing to reduce waste and fossil fuel use, the by-law passed by a Counted Majority Vote of 403 voting in favor and 364 opposed and went into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Those in favor of the ban see it as an opportunity to reduce the overall consumption of plastics. 

The Concord Conserves, a local blog outlining the pros of the movement for low-impact living, says not only is the local tap water healthy, safe and economical, plastic bottles contribute to pollution in many ways. According to the site, "every year, the bottled water industry produces as much carbon dioxide as 2 million cars, contributing to global warming, which is now recognized as a serious threat to humanity by the world scientific community."

Their statistics say that less than 25 percent of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, with tons ending up in landfills or litter.  

Those in opposition feel it takes away personal freedoms and represents a form of prohibition with no practical benefits for individual citizens. They also state that the by-law does not provide adequate emergency measures, citing that, "It would take several days to supply Concord with single-serving bottled water if needed."

How it reads: 

According to the city's website, the ban affects local businesses: "It shall be unlawful to sell non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of 1 liter (34 ounces) or less in the Town of Concord on or after January 1, 2013."

So, within the city, local businesses are selling Concord On Tap-stamped Camelbak reusable water bottles that residents can fill from their taps.

And while the ban is on the SALE of single serve water bottles, residents can still buy from nearby cities and bring them into Concord.

What do you think? Is this a law that other cities should consider? Or is it a "feel good" prohibition that will be difficult to enforce? Is this a law you would support if given the opportunity?

Good Grief Y'all January 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Ahhh, John B, you must be a born and bred Southerner. You're such a gentleman :0 Thanks for proving my point a couple of more times.
Good Grief Y'all January 07, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I know I'm not the smartest person on Patch. Sounds like you think I am. Thanks for the accidental compliment, John B.
Good Grief Y'all January 07, 2013 at 12:18 PM
John B, I am level headed. That's why your immature, irrelevant and insulting comments annoy me. No one likes to be ambushed on these threads, but you and your buddy make it a point to do that to me. MYOB. If you can't post relative to the comments and do so with substance, you're just an irritation and not a solution. It really doesn't matter what the post is about - if President Obama is mentioned, you guys zoom in and snipe. Looks like you two have a pact of some sort. That's showing your true colors.

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