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The Massachusetts Sierra Club urges you to take action on these important issues by telling your legislators to support key bills.

Update the Bottle Bill

The Bottle Bill is the state's most successful recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill's inception in 1983, over 35 billion containers have been redeemed, contributing to a healthier environment, cleaner and safer communities, and a stronger economy. But to keep up with the times and consumer's tastes, the bottle bill must be updated. An Updated Bottle Bill would expand our container deposit system to include non-carbonated beverages such as water, iced tea, juice, and sports drinks. It would decrease litter - and increase recycling. An amazing 80% of beverages that are covered by the bottle bill are redeemed/recycled. But only 22% of non-deposit containers are recycled. Updating our bottle bill will boost recycling, save our communities the cost associated with disposal and litter cleanup, and conserve valuable resources. Click here to take action!

Will the Legislature Act on the Bottle Bill by the June Deadline?

The Updated Bottle Bill is the single most effective recycling and litter-reducing tool we have. But despite huge support, it's been languishing in the Legislature for over a twelve years. Click here to take action.

Ban Plastic Carryout Bags (Statewide)

Single-use plastic bags represent one of the greatest environmental catastrophes of our generation. It is estimated that 60-80% of all debris in the ocean is land-based plastic. Plastics take hundreds of years to break down at sea and most types never truly biodegrade. Click here to take action!

Ban Plastic Carryout Bags (Northampton MA only)

Tell your city councilors that you support a ban on plastic carryout bags! Click here to take action!

Keep Mercury Out of the Trash

Photo courtesy of Virginia Sierra ClubMercury is one of the most dangerous toxins in our environment. Even low-level exposure can permanently damage the brain and nervous system, especially among children. The sources of this mercury are primarily from burning coal and from trash incineration, making its way into the air we breathe and food we eat, especially fish. Mercury is found in lamps and thermostats, which are rarely disposed of properly. There are bills being considered by the state legislature that would require manufacturers to take responsibility for keeping mercury out of the trash. Click here for more about Mercury.  Click here to take action!  

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Tell your representative: Protect our water!

Coal-fired power plants produce more toxic waste than any other industry in the United States, including the chemical, plastic, and paint manufacturing industries. Where do you think it all goes?

Act now to protect your community from an oil disaster!

Hazardous shipments of oil and gas by rail are skyrocketing across the country. When things go wrong, communities can be devastated in the blink of an eye. Take action now to keep Big Oil from blocking stronger safety standards for rail!

Stand up for women around the globe

In the developing world, over 222 million women would like to plan their family size but aren't currently using a modern contraceptive method. The lack of access, education, or power to make these decisions hurts women and their communities.

President Obama: Put the brakes on fracked LNG exports

Tell President Obama to call a time out on LNG and protect our communities from the dangers of fracking.

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