All these discarded bottles are damaging our planet, causing clumps of garbage in the oceans that hurt fish, and are creating more pollution on our streets. This is a great achievement to be the first in the country to do this. This is about addressing an injustice.
The type of regulation that she recommends is called "command and control." Economists consider it to be heavy handed and prefer a tax on goods producing the externality, discarded bottles, or a subsidy for recycling them. To be fair, Hill also favors a change in the state's bottle law that would extend a refund to consumers who return bottles for recycling. Activist like Jean Hill prefer command and control. It fits their personalities. Abel and Woods report
For Hill and other environmental advocates, bottled water is unlike other products, because there’s a ready and free alternative at the tap.Hill's presumption that she knows how others should ingest water was not given in jest making her argument impossible to digest. It is OK to drink bottled sodas but not water because we can get water through the tap? Bottles containing soda pollute less than those containing water? Bottled water consumers know preferences and elect to consume bottled water for reasons of their own. They should not need to justify their actions.
Heaven help us when environmental activists team up with the health police. Their solution will be to eliminate bottled products entirely. It will be better for their neighbors' health and the environment.