POLL: What's Your Take on Concord's Bottle Ban?

Take our poll or share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Those crazy cats in Concord have gone and fired another shot heard 'round the bottled beverage world.

By 39 votes, the third session of Concord's annual Town Meeting last night voted to in single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles of less than 1 liter (34 ounces). 

The town's been down this road before. In 2010, Concord Town Meeting voted in support of a similar ban, but that one was . Petitioner .

This time around, enforcement provisions were written into the bylaw and Concord officials say they expect it to pass muster at Martha Coakley's office. If that happens, come Jan. 1, 2013, Concord could become the first town in the country to actually ban the sale of single-serving PET bottled water.

Lexington's good and green in many regards -- just yesterday, we posted video's of at and at -- but nothing quite so drastic as voting to ban plastic water bottles.

So, with that in mind, we want to know, What's your take on Concord Town Meeting voting (again) to ban the sale bottled water? Take our poll or let us know in the comment section below.

James April 26, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Will this have an unintended consequence of pushing people towards sugar-based beverages when in search for refreshment? Do we really want to discourage (or flat-out prohibit) choosing water over, say, soda?
Patrick Ball (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Hi James, Thanks for reading and commenting. That's one of the concerns that's been voiced both this year and in past years when this proposal has come up. It's typically countered by folks saying retailers and restaurants can sell refillable bottles (think nalgenes branded with Concord's Minuteman statue) and give away water from the tap.
Nick April 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I don't believe that it will push people to Soda or sugar-based beverages at all. When most people go out to lunch, rarely are they ever seen having water, and if they do it's mostly from the pitcher the retailer has out for customers. Most costumers buy sugar-based beverages when they go out to lunch anyway because it's not something they can access from anywhere or at home, like water. People seem to be thinking that this will drastically impact businesses and I don't think it will. When I worked at Crosby's, I would sell only, (not always) one 35bottle package of water bottles.


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