Connecticut Bottle Bill History

See Campaign History for the stories behind many of these changes.

  Original Law 1983 Amendment 1986 Amendment 2009 Expansion Current Law
Name Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption Law
Purpose Litter reduction and recycling
Enacted 4/12/1978     3/3/2009  
Implemented 1/1/1980   6/9/1986 4/1/2009 (for water bottles)
4/30/2009 (for unclaimed deposits)
 
Beverages Covered Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, carbonated mineral water     Water bottles added Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks,and bottled water[p]
Containers Covered Any individual, separate, sealed glass, metal or plastic bottle, can, jar or carton containing a beverage. [e]     Excludes HDPE containers Any individual, separate, sealed glass, metal or plastic bottle, can, jar or carton containing a beverage. [e] Excluded are containers over 3L containing noncarbonated beverages, and HDPE containers.
Amount of Deposit      
Redemption Rate No statistics available       No statistics available
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers       Retail stores and redemption centers
Unredeemed Deposits Retained by distributor/bottler     Returned to State Returned to state (Effective April 30, 2009)
Handling Fee Variable rate implemented: Beer 1¢, other beverages 2¢ Beer fee raised to 1.5¢   Beer 1.5¢, other beverages 2¢
View Legislation     Law through April 1, 2009   Current law
Notes "Dislocation fund" for workers who lost their jobs due to bottle bill        

Footnotes

[e] Prohibits metal containers with removable tabs and containers with non-biodegradable holders (i.e. plastic 6-pack rings) from being sold in the state

[p] This is further explained on the Bottle Bill FAQ page (http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2714&q=324834&depNav_GID=1645) as follows. "Effective April 1, 2009, 'noncarbonated beverages' are now included in the Bottle Bill. For this section of the law, 'noncarbonated beverages' means water, including flavored water, nutritionally enhanced water and any beverage that is identified through the use of letters, words or symbols on such beverage's product label as a type of water, but excluding juice and mineral water." Mineral water is included in the law, but is considered a carbonated beverage.