BOSTON (July 31, 12:15 p.m. ET) — The Massachusetts Senate passed an update to the state's bottle bill, extending the 5-cent deposit to water bottles, sports drinks and other items previously not covered by the state's bill.
However a legislative conference committee dropped the proposal from the final version of the bill.
Senate Bill 2350, which serves as a jobs creation bill, included the update to the bottle bill as an amendment. The measure passed with the amendment on July 19. If it had passed, the altered bottle bill would have taken effect Jan. 15.
Massachusetts' bottle bill was originally passed in 1983 and includes a 2.25 cents handling fee for retailers. The state reported the bill resulted in a 70.8 percent return rate on deposits paid in 2010, according to BottleBill.org, a website that tracks bottle bills.