Friday, February 26, 2010

Stop the Waste Pizza Party!

Help Create a Better Bottle Bill

Did you know that right now in Massachusetts, more than ONE BILLION bottles a year end up in our landfills, littered or incinerated? That’s enough to fill Fenway Park! 

The Better Bottle Bill Coalition needs your help on 
an urgent campaign in Massachusetts to pass the Updated Bottle Bill this spring that would dramatically increase recycling rates of bottled water.  
Please join us for a free pizza information session to find out how you can be part of this important campaign.
When: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School of Government79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA
Room: Taubman Building, Room 301(Courtyard entrance, 3rd floor. Enter campus from Eliot St.)

This spring, the Massachusetts State legislature will vote on a Bottle Bill Update that, if passed, 
will dramatically increase recycling ratesby including water bottles and other non-carbonated drinks in the 5 cent deposit system. Under the current bottle bill only carbonated drinks are covered by a deposit. So, while 80% of carbonated drinks are recycled, the recycle rate for water bottles is less than 25%. Without the deposit incentive, a billion bottles a year end up as waste.

Although this much-needed update has overwhelming support, powerful beverage companies and distribution lobbies are working behind-the-scenes to block the bill from passing this spring. But the Better Bottle Bill Coalition, a group of concerned students at Harvard and beyond, is fighting back. Please join us as we work with MASSPIRG, Sierra Club and MassRecycle to pass the bill and stop the waste!

This is your chance to gain firsthand knowledge of the state legislative process and to make a lasting contribution to our community. We are hoping to mobilize a large group of organizers and also fill several leadership positions. This is a dynamic campaign with room to accommodate many levels of commitment – small or large, you can make a difference!

Please join us next Wednesday for some delicious pizza to find out more.

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