According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts residents are just chucking away bottles and cans rather than gather them up for the 5-cent deposit: “Is it still worth it for a nickel? Return rate declining for bottle, can deposits”:
Is the bottle deposit law half empty or half full?I wonder what special new law will be passed by the busybodies on Beacon Hill to force us to recycle. Save Gaia!
That's the question that came to mind last week after the state Revenue Department released preliminary figures showing another drop in bottle and can returns.
The figures indicate consumers returned and recovered their nickel deposits on 65.7 percent of the 2.2 billion bottles and cans they purchased during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's the lowest percentage since the bottle deposit law took effect in 1983 and way off the peak of 87 percent in 1995.