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PROVIDENCE – A new coalition of state environmental organizations, the Rhode Island Zero Waste Coalition, sent a joint letter to Governor Dan McKee yesterday calling on him to support a container deposit law, or “bottle bill,” to fight plastic pollution and increase recycling in Rhode Island. The letter is in response to the governor’s State of the State remarks regarding his commitment to cleaning up litter.

“I was happy to hear Governor McKee address litter in his State of the State address, but we already have thousands of volunteers picking up trash across the state. The single most impactful step we could take is to pass a “bottle bill” like our neighbors in Massachusetts and Connecticut,” said Jed Thorp, Clean Water Action Rhode Island’s State Director.

The Rhode Island Zero Waste Coalition represents Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Be the Solution to Pollution, Clean Ocean Access, Clean Water Action Rhode Island, Conservation Law Foundation, Environment Council of Rhode Island, Friends of the Saugatucket, Just Zero, Save the Bay, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, and Zero Waste Providence.

Read the full letter here.

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