Is it possible, with the stroke of a lawmaker’s pen, to cause a significant drop in carbon emissions in Massachusetts, with minimal or even positive effects on the state economy? This is exactly what backers of a revenue-neutral carbon fee say will happen. In January, 2015, Senator Mike Barrett filed a bill (SD 285) entitled: …read more
UPDATE 10-27-2014: the Globe just published a nice color-coded chart with the 5 candidates’ views on environmental and other issues. Check it out here. A few weeks ago, when Green Needham went to compile the gubernatorial candidates’ current environmental positions, we ran into some roadblocks. Namely, many of them posted little or nothing regarding their …read more
Did you know that on November 4th you will be asked to vote on the Updated Bottle Bill? What is The Bottle Bill: The Bottle Bill is the nickel deposit on beverage containers. It has been in effect since 1982, and has become a model for other states and countries around the world to help …read more
Organic matter makes up one-quarter of our waste; it is currently being landfilled or incinerated. Here’s a new alternative for this waste: anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digestion is a technology that produces biogas from organic matter, which can then be used to generate electricity. New state regulations, which take effect next July, ban hospitals, universities, hotels, …read more
For nearly fifteen years, Massachusetts legislators and supporters have been trying to pass an expanded bottle bill that would treat all beverage containers similarly, ending the nonsensical distinction between carbonated beverages (subject to the deposit) and non-carbonated beverages (not subject to the deposit). Despite polls showing 77% support from the public and a majority of …read more
With its first update since 1982 on the horizon, an expanded Massachusetts Bottle Bill is ready for Senate vote, promising to increase recycling success in the Commonwealth if passed.