Bottle Bill Stakeholder Process

With the passage of Public Act 21-58An Act Concerning Solid Waste Management, as well as June Special Session, Public Act 21-2An Act Concerning Provisions related to Revenue and Other Items to Implement the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2023, Connecticut is poised for the most significant transformation of its beverage container redemption program (i.e. Bottle Bill) since the program was first implemented in 1980. The Bottle Bill places a deposit on a container at the time of purchase and returns that deposit to the consumer when the empty bottle is returned. The containers may be returned to their place of purchase or to container redemption centers. While the Bottle Bill is a critical part of Connecticut's recycling and litter-reduction program, present redemption rates average about 50%. Other states who have modernized their infrastructure and laws have achieved redemption rates approaching upwards of 90%. The Bottle Bill provides source-separated material that can be readily recycled into new containers or other products.  

Public Act 21-58 required that DEEP develop terms for a Memorandum of Agreement to achieve 80% in-state processing of glass from wine and liquor bottles sold in Connecticut into a furnace-ready cullet or byproduct that is melted or otherwise used in cement, glass or fiberglass products. In February, DEEP submitted a report to the legislature detailing various pathways to achieve such 80% processing along with stakeholder feedback on those pathways. That report can be viewed here.

NEW: June Special Session Public Act 21-2requires that DEEP issue, not later than December 1, 2021, a grant application process for the Beverage Container Recycling Grant Program that distributes such grant proceeds and sets forth additional requirements. More information on the Beverage Container Recycling Grant Program can be found here.

On July 16, 2021, DEEP released a Notice of Proceedingto convene a stakeholder engagement process as a first step in effectively implementing responsibilities included in Public Act 21-58and June Special Session Public Act 21-2. The written comments submitted in response to the Bottle Bill Notice are listed below:

American Beverage Association (ABA)                                                

Ardagh Glass          

The Arc Eastern Connecticut                                                                                   

Brescome Barton, Inc.                                                                                 

Central Connecticut Redemption Center                 

Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association (CBWA)                           

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)

Container Recycling Institute (CRI)                                                     

Connecticut Bottle Bill Works Coalition

Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality (CT CEQ)                   

Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV)

Environmental Products Corporation (Envipco)

Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)

MLI Redemption Services                                                                   

Murphy Road Recycling (MRR)

National Waste Recycling Association (NWRA)                                  


Representative Geraldo Reyes Jr.                                                      

TOMRA (TOMRA attachment) (TOMRA attachment)

Strategic Materials, Inc.                                                                               

Urban Mining CT, LLC.

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut, Inc.

Other Comments Received


Bottle Bill Stakeholder Public Meeting
Monday, August 9, 2021 2:00-4:00pm Stakeholder Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes


Chris Nelson, CT DEEP - Overview of CT’s Bottle Bill Program and Public Act 21-58

Jules Bailey, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative - Oregon’s Bottle Bill: A Cooperative Approach

Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute - Connecticut Bottle Bill Modernization Stakeholder Dialogue

To stay informed and participate in the stakeholder process please fill out this form.


Additional Resources

Legislative Text for Bottle Bill Areas of Input

Public Act 21-58 

The Bottle Bill Stakeholder Notice

CT DEEP Bottle Bill Stakeholder Process press release

Main page of the CT Bottle Bill



Content last updated April 20, 2022