Letter: The bottle bill is a good start

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To the Editor,

I am writing in support of Vermont's bottle bill. It ensures that bottle containers are properly disposed of, rather than end up in landfills or on the side of the road. Vermont uses the money from bottle bill redemptions for environmental programs, like funding recycling programs.

Even though we have a strong bottle bill here in Vermont, we can do better! When my children and I join the rest of Vermont on Green Up Day every spring, we pick up more water bottles than anything else. We could further reduce littering by expanding the bottle bill to include water bottles, and also juice and sports drinks. We should also raise the deposit from a nickel to a dime, to raise even more revenue and to really encourage people to redeem their containers.

Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association have hired lobbyists in an effort to repeal the Vermont Bottle Bill. Please don't corporate interests interfere with our efforts here in Vermont to stay the greenest state in the nation.

Jennifer Moore

Manchester Center

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