|Bill Number and Name||S.B. 1037: AN ACT CONCERNING SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT|
Senators Christine Cohen & Derek Slap, Assemblymembers Joseph Gresko & Christine Palm (House Environment Committee)
Connecticut’s bottle 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. 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.
•10¢ USD (Proposed)
|3/31/2021||Joint Favorable Substite; bill is voted to give a favorable report to the General Assembly, but with subsitute language.|
|3/11/2021||Bill Referred to Joint Committee on Environment.|
|3/19/2021||Public hearing held on bill.|
CRI has submitted a letter of support for SB 2037 on 18 March, 2021.
Last Updated on 1 April 2021.