Thursday, February 19, 2009

Grannis: Updating "Bottle Bill" Is A No-Brainer - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Grannis: Updating "Bottle Bill" Is A No-Brainer - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation: "'Common Sense' Measure Will Keep Roadsides, Parks and Waterways Cleaner

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today urged support of the 'Bigger Better Bottle Bill,' saying it would reduce litter, keep millions of containers out of our landfills, help in the fight against global warming and generate badly needed revenue.
'As Governor Paterson has made clear, New York faces a monumental budget deficit and must make many hard choices. But updating New York's 27-year-old Bottle Bill is not one of them,' Grannis said. 'Expanding the law to cover non-carbonated beverages such as fruit juice, water and sports drinks is long overdue.'"

FJR: So, this major story about recycling in our area comes from the DEC site itself. Where's the media on a visit by the head of the DEC talking about the new Bottle Bill? Nary a word to say about a real environmental issue? Can't be painted green in a warm fuzzy way that would please the media's corporate sponsors or pander to its dwindling audience? Interesting. Don't agree with my assessment of this story, then talk me down by responding with a sensible explanation of this environmental news dearth.

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