At the Concord Town Meeting on April 24, 2013, Article 30 to repeal the ban on single-serving PET bottled water was narrowly defeated by just 66 votes out of the more than 1,300 cast. CRCC wants to thank the many members of our grassroots team who helped put up yard signs, pass out fliers at Crosby’s, encouraged their friends and neighbors to attend Town Meeting, donated money, made phone calls and put stamps on postcards. And most importantly, we’d like to thank the many Concordians who came to Town Meeting and voted to restore liberty and freedom of choice to our Town. Based on the very close vote, we know that there are many residents who want to see the ban repealed and that the discussion continues. We remain firm in our understanding that we can protect the environment, support our local businesses, promote healthy drink choices without infringing on Concordians’ freedom of choice. Although we were not successful in repealing the ban, we remain committed to standing up for consumers’ ability to buy a safe, clean, regulated, healthy drink in whatever size they choose.
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Why should a few people who don’t want to drink bottled water stop the rest of us from being able to buy bottled water? Let each Concord consumer decide for him/herself what drink to buy.
- The ban does not reduce plastic waste or help the environment.
- The ban jeopardizes personal liberty by taking away our freedom of choice.
- The ban compromises our community’s health and safety and, worse, promotes unhealthy drink alternatives.
- The ban hurts local businesses and counters the idea of “buying local.”
- The ban diverts community effort from initiatives that make a real difference, and instead consumes resources on an ineffective initiative.
Five things the ban does...
Makes it illegal to offer bottled water in vending machines at schools and office buildings
Places an administrative burden on the Board of Health through enforcement
Encourages the consumption of less healthy alternatives by making them more accessible
Discourages parents from providing water to their children at athletic events and in lunchboxes
Results in the Chamber of Commerce spending resources giving out free water at the Visitors Center