NightSide with Dan Rea - Rundown for July 21, 2021


Corporations Now Left Holding the Trash...Maine is the first state in the union to hold companies responsible for the cost of recycling their own trash. Just last week, Governor Janet Mills signed the first extended producer responsibility (EPR) law holding corporations accountable for the packaging waste they create such as bottles, boxes, bags, and the like. The Environmental Protection Agency says the U.S. created 82.2 million tons of packaging trash in 2018 and China no longer buys it. Is Maine's new law a step in the right direction? Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute and MA Rep. Michael Day, main sponsor of An Act to Save Recycling Costs in the Commonwealth, join Dan.

Should the Tokyo Olympics Be Stopped? The Olympics opening ceremony is scheduled for this Friday, but the games have already begun including the defeat of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team by the women from Sweden. Multiple athletes, one of which was an alternate to the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team, have already been banned from competition after testing positive for COVID. No spectators are allowed. Should these games be canceled? Is there a point without spectators?

Raising the Drinking Age. A bar on Nantucket called, The Gazebo, is no longer serving alcohol to individuals under the age of 25. Owner Luke Tedeschi says his bar was hit with such an influx of underage drinkers that this decision was necessary. In response, a survey from Boston.com asked its readers if they support raising the minimum drinking age to 25 years old. A majority, 73.8% of readers support the idea. Do you?

Call 617-254-1030 to join the conversation.


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