The Natural Resources Council of Maine and other concerned citizens gathered at the State House on March 1, 2011 to announce a list of 50 bills that we believe are the most damaging to Maine’s environmental protections. “We have never seen such a widespread assault on the laws that protect Maine’s clean air, clean water, and Read More
Maine Bottle Bill
Maine’s Returnable Beverage Container Law, commonly referred to as “the Bottle Bill,” is the most successful waste and litter reduction law in our state’s history. With the help of NRCM in 1976, Maine became the third US state to enact a beverage container deposit program—after Oregon and Vermont. This smart policy went into effect in 1978 and successfully eliminated problematic roadside beverage container litter and resulted in Maine residents recycling an estimated 90 percent of the bottles and cans sold in the state.
Imagine our roadsides littered with cans and bottles again. Can’t? Neither can I, because Maine was one of the first states to pass a bottle bill back in 1976. NRCM was very involved with this initiative. Since then, Maine has achieved the highest beverage container recycling rate in the country at 90%. It has also Read More
Statement by Pete Didisheim, NRCM Senior Director, Advocacy We are here today to bring attention to the most serious and sweeping set of proposed rollbacks of Maine’s environmental laws that we have ever seen. We’re no longer talking just about the governor’s proposed rollbacks of the safeguards that provide us with clean air, clean water, Read More
Record Number of Rollback Bills Proposed to Weaken Environmental Safeguards At a State House news conference today, a broad range of people spoke out in strong opposition to dozens of bills introduced by lawmakers that would repeal or weaken laws that protect Maine’s environment and the health of Maine people. Although the Governor’s proposed “Phase Read More
In the summer of 1976, Maine Senator Edmund Muskie spoke on the floor of the United States Senate regarding the importance of beverage container redemption legislation. “It is a needed step to assist in developing a ‘conservation ethic’ that rejects waste and embraces thrift, husbandry, and saving part of the Earth’s abundance for our posterity,” Read More