|Name||Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption Law|
|Purpose||Litter reduction and recycling|
|Enacted||12 April 1978|
|Implemented||1 January 1980 (last updated in 2021)|
|Regulations||Beverage Container Deposit and Redemption, R.C.S.A. §22a-243 - §22a-246|
Before January 2023: 
After January 2023: 
|Containers Covered||Any individual, separate, sealed glass, metal or plastic bottle, can, jar or carton containing a beverage. |
|Containers Not Covered||
|Amount of Deposit||
|Reclamation System||Retail stores and redemption centers|
Prior to 2022: 100% returned to the State.
2022 onwards: Revenue sharing between distributors and the State, to be implemented on this schedule:
Before 1 October 2021:
Starting 1 October 2021: 
Overall Rate (Calendar Year):  
|% of All Beverages Sold That Are Covered By Deposit||77% |
Connecticut first passed its container deposit legislation in 1978, and implemented it on 1 January 1980. It was the sixth US state to implement a bottle container deposit program.
Connecticut's bottle bill initially only included beer, malt beverages, and carbonated beverages, as they took the predominant share of the beverage container industry in the 20th century. However, with the rising popularity of bottled water, the Connecticut General Assembly passed three separate laws in 2009 that further expanded the program by allowing non-carbonated water to be redeemed, and "escheating" unredeemed deposits back to the State.  The 2009 expansion bill created a system for distributors to report income from deposits and return unclaimed deposits to the state; this data allowed the state to calculate quarterly and annual statewide redemption rates. This bill also created a "dislocation fund" for workers who lost their jobs due to the bottle bill.
In 2021, Connecticut passed SB1037 to further expand the program, by raising the deposit values from 5¢ to 10¢ and the handling fee from 2.5¢ to 3.5¢, in order to modernize the bill to current levels of inflation and other trends. Eligible beverages now include non-carbonated beverages, wine, and liquor. More container types became eligible for redemption, specifically HDPE containers. Miniature "nips" bottles (≤50mL) had a 5¢ fee placed upon them which is not subject to redemption. These nips fees are instead collected by distributors and given back out to communities according to nips sales in those areas.
Certain retailers must now also have at least 2 reverse vending machines (RVMs) on site for consumer use. More redemption centers are planned to be built to help serve underserviced areas. All parts of the bill are expected to be implemented by 1 January 2024.  A timeline of the bill's implementation may be found here.
Consumers may redeem their deposits at either a retailer or a certified redemption center. Retailers must accept containers of brands that they carry. As of January 2021, there are 18 redemption centers that Connecticut consumers may visit to return their bottles. The list of redemption centers may be found here.
 "Bottle Bill FAQ." Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Last updated April 2020.
 Connecticut P.A. 21-58. No. 1037. 2021.
 S.B. No. 1037. Session Year 2021. See our Fact Sheet here.
 "CT Bottle Redemption Data." Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). 2021.
 Private correspondence with Chris Nelson, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). May 2022.
 "2019 Beverage Market Data Analysis." Container Recycling Institute. 2022.
 See Footnote 6.
 See Footnote 2.
Last Updated on September 20 2022.