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Discussion: Beer of choice

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2019-07-28

Jul 30, 2019 1:03 AM # 
That certainly is the preferred brand to distribute along our route as well.
Jul 30, 2019 2:27 AM # 
"BOC" - one might wonder how glass bottles (weigh on the conscience more?) and/or a 15 cent deposit might change the lay of the land. I'm a quarter way through "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate" (Naomi Klein, 2014) - before Trump's impact. It's well past wake up time but the alarm has been on snooze for a quarter century or more.
Jul 30, 2019 10:19 AM # 
Nice work Charlie...and walk! You guys are inspirational to me; I've begun picking up a few cans on my runs here in the city where the BOC is usually Modelo and other Hispanic brands.

Hope you guys are recycling that aluminum...those cans are about the only part of modern society's detritus that can still be recycled for a profit....speaking of Capitalism. :-)
Jul 31, 2019 11:05 AM # 
Me too, been doing this for years. I have had such a pile at times that the liquor store guy has given me a frown. Sometimes it hardly seems worth it for the deposit, you bring in all you can carry and you get maybe a dollar. I seem to remember in the early sixties bringing in bottles for 2 or 3 cents deposits, surely inflation has outstripped the prices for bottle returns...…
OK, just looked this up, 2cents in 1961 is 17cents now, Clark is about right with a recommendation of 15 cents then.
Jul 31, 2019 12:51 PM # 
Bud Light is number one in Brooklin Maine's roadside trash too. Then again, it IS
apparently the most popular beer in the US, by a wide margin.
Aug 8, 2019 9:53 AM # 
The Swedish system for recycling works pretty well with about 85% of all cans/bottles being recycled. The money involved is relatively small though, about 30-40:- (~3-4 dollars) when I bring ours in, so I usually press the "charity button" and donate it.
Aug 8, 2019 1:43 PM # 
The system that we have in some US states is similar, although the deposit is about half (in CT where Charlie lives and MA where I live, but MI has the same deposit as Sweden). However, I think it's less effective because we don't have enough Swedes.
Aug 9, 2019 5:49 PM # 
I think JJ nailed it. Or Finns or Estonians or Latvians or Lithuanians or Belarussians And others I'm sure, those are just the ones whose countries I happened to visit this year, and there was so much less roadside trash, recyclable or otherwise, than at home.
Aug 9, 2019 11:36 PM # 
Or, well, it's really just too many Murkins.
Aug 10, 2019 12:37 AM # 
The CT deposit hasn’t changed since it started way back sometime. No adjustment for inflation. And only covers beer, soda but not sport drinks or water or the worst - nips. Deposit should at least be doubled with the others included with nips charged equal to their prices.
Aug 10, 2019 1:02 AM # 
Yeah, same in Massachusetts, no increase since it was instituted in, what, the early 1980s? And only carbonated beverages, so lemonade and iced tea are exempt. I guess it's still accomplishing something? In some areas, the way it works is that it turns homeless people into can collectors, but that doesn't apply in rural areas.

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