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April 11, 2011

The Times Record
Letter to the editor

Leave bottle bill alone

I am writing to say that I agree 100 percent with the editorial in the April 5 edition regarding the LD 1324 bill before the Maine Legislature to weaken the bottle bill law.

It does not make any sense to me to weaken a bill that has been successful and in place since 1976. Also, the bottle bill overwhelmingly survived a referendum to have it repealed in 1979.

In this day when we need to be more conscious than ever to reduce our waste and to recycle and to be responsible citizens, why would we change a law that works and undo all the progress we have made to educate the public about returning bottles and recycling?

Why interfere with such a success story that helps our environment, creates jobs for small businesses, lowers the amount of trash in landfills and reduces costs to towns and taxpayers?

I plan to attend the hearing on LD 1324 at 9 a.m. Friday in Augusta, and I urge others to do so as well or at least to contact the legislators on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Tell them to “leave the bottle bill alone” and to reject LD 1324.

Nancy Bliss, Brunswick


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