Concord, Massachusetts, the first U.S. city to ban plastic bottles

Concord, Massachusetts first city to ban plastic bottles

Concord, Massachusetts, a population of 18,000, has become the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of water in single-serving PET plastic bottles of one liter or less starting January 1, 2013. This is great news for treehuggers both in the U.S. and around the world.

NBC News reported that this campaign was championed by an 84-year-old resident and activist during a three-year battle.

A first offense comes with a warning, followed by US$25 (HK$195) for second offense and US$50 (HK$390) for any beyond that, the Boston Globe reported. It does, however, allow for an exemption during emergencies.

The state’s attorney general initially shot down the proposed ban, but it was finally signed off after it was revised and approved in 2012 with 403-364 town residents’ votes.

Some water companies threatened a lawsuit, but the city is confident the law could stand up in court, citing a case where the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Minnesota law that banned the sale of milk in non-returnable, non-refillable plastic containers. That law was passed in order to reduce the generation of solid waste.

Perhaps Hong Kong can start considering a progressive move like this since the government officials have been scratching their heads about space for landfills and considering spending HK$31 billion (US$3.9 billion) on waste management?

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