Jean Hill, the 84-year-old Concord, Mass., grandmother of six, is at it again -- trying to ban sales of single-serve plastic water bottles. According to the Boston Herald, Concord residents will vote at an April 25 town meeting on a bylaw that would ban sales of bottled water in sizes of one liter or less, except in an emergency. Concord is a historic town -- site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. If the bylaw passes, it apparently would be the first of its kind in the United States. This isn't Hill's first attempt to ban single-serve water bottles. Last year the town narrowly defeated her measure, by a 272-265 vote. "I'm coming back next year. I'm 83 and I'm tough. I don't give up," Hill said at the time. While local retailers are worried that they'll lose business to competitors in nearby towns, Hill says they have nothing to worry about. "If the ban did pass -- and I'm quite optimistic that it will -- I believe that any loss of revenue would be ... more than made up if they sell Thermos bottles, refillable bottles," she told the Herald. I'm not a big user of single-serve water bottles. I prefer tap water, at home and at work. And I acknowledge that the recycling rate for these containers is way too low -- Plastics News has editorially supported bottle deposit legislation for years. That said, I think there's something wrong with allowing voters to decide which legal, safe and convenient products stores can sell. If Hill wants to discourage residents from buying single-serve bottled water, I've got no problem with that. But making it illegal doesn't mesh with the concepts of freedom and liberty that are synonymous with the name Concord.
Bottled water ban back on Concord's agenda
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