Concord, Mass. To Ban Sale Of Bottled Water In Less Than 1-Liter Container

The town of Concord, Mass. voted 403 to 364 to ban the sale of bottled water sold in a 1-liter or less container, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) reported. Stores that violate the ban could be fined up to $50. The ban is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013; pending approval from the state attorney general's office. The proposed bottled water ban was first introduced several years ago by an 84-year-old resident in hopes of reducing litter. Another resident said the ban would stop the "rumbling" of trucks coming into town making deliveries. For more information, contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.

Editor’s Insight: The beverage, retail and refreshment services industry need to hold the lawmakers’ feet to the fire on this and prevent this ban from taking effect. The lawmakers in the very community that launched the American Revolution for freedom have ignored the will of the people.

VendingMarketWatch reported on year ago that the voters rejected a bottled water ban at a town hall meeting. 05-04-12 By Elliot Maras

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