Town Bans Bottled Water: Town of Concord In Massachusetts Bans Sale Of Bottled WaterBy May Shella Mojana-Macuha on Jan 4, 2013 in Environment, Health, United States •
A town in the United States has banned the sale of bottled water of one liter or less starting January 1, 2013 to encourage tap water use and reduce waste.
According to a report from the BBC, the town of Concord in Massachusetts passed the law that banned the sale of small bottled water after a three-year campaign.
According to Concord‘s bylaw published online at concordnet.org, penalties for offenders are as follows: First offenders will get a warning. Second offenders will be fined $25 and $50 will be fined for further offences.
The ban is only limited to non-sparkling, unflavored drinking water in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, which means that softdrinks and other beverages using the same PET bottles are still allowed.
“What I’m trying to do with this bylaw is to increase the barriers to buying single-serve bottled water… In order to help people change, you need to put policies in place that steer them away from buying bottled water and toward considering the many other good alternatives,” Jean Hill, the person who led the campaign for this ban was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
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