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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1382        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3137


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Alice K. Wolf


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act to improve recycling rates in the commonwealth by providing recycling contai ners adjacent to beverage vending machines.






Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Peter v. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Barbara A. L'Italien

18th Essex

Michael F. Rush

10th Suffolk

William N. Brownsberger

24th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Katherine Clark

32nd Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Jennifer M. Callahan

18th Worcester

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Lori Ehrlich

8th Essex


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3297 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act to improve recycling rates in the commonwealth by providing recycling containers adjacent to beverage vending machines.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Chapter 94. Section 309. License; necessity; application; issuance; display; fees be amended as follows:— W h en such vending machines contain beverages sold in any beverage container as defined in Chapter 94 Section 321, the applicant for said license as described in Section 309 shall cause the placement of a receptacle of suitable size and material as determined by the commissioner of administration under the provision of section three B of chapter seven. This receptacle shall be clearly indicated as for “recycling of beverage containers”.

The licensee shall cause the recyclable contents of this receptacle to be transferred to appropriate recycling facilities and done so with adequate frequency that contents of said receptacle do not protrude above the highest point on said receptacle.

Said receptacle shall be located within no more than ten feet of the vending machine(s). In the case that there are multiple vending machines, said receptacle may be located ten feet from the closest vending machine in the group.

Failure to place said receptacle as described herein shall cause the revocation of the permit to opera te said vending machine. In the event that the receptacle’s composition, placement, or size are determined by other regulations and or statutes, making placement impossible, the license to operate the vending machine must be revoked.

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