Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A new approach to bottle redemption

There is an interesting article in today's Boston Globe on bottle redemption. Massachusetts only has bottle redemption for carbonated beverages. This excludes bottled water, sports drinks, wine, etc.

Last year 144 billion containers were discarded rather than recycled and more than 1/3 of them were plastic bottles. This is unsustainable and changes need to be made to stop this environmentally harmful habit. Of course it would be best if people would stop using disposable bottles and use reusable metal, ceramic or glass containers instead. Until everyone does that, more robust recycling and redemption is an incremental step.

The article discusses a new program in Maine called Clynk. Maine is one of only three states that redeems both carbonated and non-carbonated beverage containers. Clynk is a business with a new redemption model that seems to be winning over people on both sides of the redemption debate. Read the article for details.

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