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Advocates for Updated Bottle Bill to Visit Newton Farmers' Market Tuesday

Local officials and members from the Coalition To Update The Bottle Bill will be on hand with a seven-foot-tall inflatable bottle.

You may notice something a little different at the Newton Farmers' Market tomorrow -- a seven-foot-tall inflatable bottle is scheduled to make an appearance. 

According to a press release issued by Green Decade Newton and the Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill, members of the Coalition will team up with local elected officials tomorrow at the market to call for an immediate vote on the updated "Bottle Bill".

The Coalition to Update the Bottle Bill supports an update to the bill that would allow bottle returns on non-carbonated beverages, water, iced tea, juice and sports drinks. The current bill only allows residents to return containers for malt beverages, carbonated soft drinks and mineral water. 

Mayor Setti Warren has been invited to speak along with local aldermen and Sen. Cynthia Creem, the press release said.

that would ban the sale of single water bottles if bottled water was not added to the Bottle Bill. That amendment was voted down. 

A copy of the press release about tomorrow's event is included below:

With only a few weeks left in the legislative session, the Updated Bottle Bill (H890/S1650) has been sent to “study,” threatening to forestall its passage for a fourteenth year. Members of the Coalition for an Updated Bottle Bill,  and “Bottle Bill”—a 7-foot-tall inflatable bottle—will gather at to call for an immediate vote on the bill.

Mayor Setti Warren and Sen. Cynthia Creem have both been invited to speak. Several Newton Alderman are expected to attend. 

The City of Newton is one of 208 cities and towns that have passed resolutions in support of the Updated Bottle Bill and our community is among the vast majority of Massachusetts residents supporting this important legislation.

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