Bottle Bill Resource Guide

SB 2037

Primary Sponsor

Senators Christine Cohen & Derek Slap, Assemblymembers Joseph Gresko & Christine Palm (House Environment Committee)

Proposed Changes/Summary
Connecticut’s bottle bill was first implemented in 1980, with a 5-cent deposit on eligible beverage containers. (details regarding Connecticut’s program can be found here.) Although it was updated in 2008 to include bottled water, the program has not seen any other significant changes. This bill would increase the deposit amount to 10-cents and the handling fee to 3.5 cents, to keep up with inflation and trends. The bill will also expand eligible containers to include HDPE containers, and cover more beverages: non-carbonated drinks, wine, and liquor. 50 mL bottles (also called "nips") would have a 5-cent surcharge on their sale. The bill also seeks to implement more ease to deposit redemption, with reverse vending machines (RVMs) placed in large retail stores and a UPC barcode on eligible containers. Changes would be introduced in four stages, taking place from July 2021 to July 2024.

Deposit Value

•10¢ USD (Proposed)

Legislative activity

6/16/2021 Signed by Governor into law.
6/3/2021 House passes bill. (104-42)
6/2/2021 Senate passes bill (33-1), put on House Calendar as Item Number 577
6/2/2021 Senate adopts Amendment Schedule A #9775 (read amendment here)
4/21/2021 Put on Senate Calendar as Item Number 322, File No. 562
4/21/2021 Reported Out of Legislative Commissioners' Office with Favorable Report, Tabled for Senate Calendar
4/15/2021 Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis for 4/20/2021
4/05/2021 Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
3/31/2021 Joint Favorable Substitute; bill is voted to give a favorable report to the General Assembly, but with subsitute language.
3/19/2021 Bill Referred to Joint Committee on Environment.
3/11/2021 Public hearing held on bill.

CRI Activity

CRI has submitted a letter of support for SB 2037 on 18 March, 2021.


Last Updated on 22 June 2021.

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