Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Concord, MA says "no more bottled water"

Concord, MA, has made a decision.
Voters at a town meeting have banned the sale of bottled water in Concord, starting Jan. 1, 2011.
The ban began with petitioner Jean Hill, who offered a slide presentation at the meeting about the environmental impact of plastic bottles.
"All these discarded bottles are damaging our planet," said Jean Hill, "causing clumps of garbage in the oceans that hurt fish, and are creating more pollution on our streets. This is a great achievement to be the first in the country to do this. This is about addressing an injustice."
Hill is an 82-year-old activist who has been working on this cause for years.

Is it legal? The attorney general will have to decide if a town meeting has the authority to ban a product from an entire town.

Many think this is a silly gesture, you can go to a neighboring town and buy all the bottled water you want.