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The Connecticut Bottle Bill

IMPORTANT COVID-19 BULLETINS AND INFORMATION

PRESS RELEASE REGARDING BOTTLE BILL REDEMPTIONS:  Effective March 17, 2020, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) temporarily suspended enforcement actions against Connecticut retailers for failing to accept empty beverage containers for redemption under the law known as the “bottle bill.”  During this time, if stores do not accept empty beverage containers, DEEP will not issue them a notice of violation.

UPDATE:  Effective April 30, 2020, DEEP is extending the period of temporarily suspended enforcement actions through May 20, 2020. Retailers, distributors, and service providers are developing plans to resume state-wide redemption with limited redemption activities beginning on May 20, 2020 and full redemption services by June 3, 2020 (see Press Release). More information is available on the Materials Management COVID-19 web page, including a list of redemption centers, and on the COVID-19 Bottle Bill Frequently Asked Questions web page.

DEEP has also created the following recommended signage for retailers to post if they choose to suspend deposit redemptions during this period of time:

Retailer signage (horizontal version)
Retailer signage (vertical version)

Effective immediately, all Exemption Applications shall be submitted for review by email to Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at edith.pestana@ct.gov.Connecticut is one of 11 states in the U.S. that are "bottle bill" states. Bottle bills, also known as container redemption programs, may have slightly different provisions in each state, but essentially they work by charging a small deposit on a container at the time of purchase which is then returned to the consumer when the empty bottle is returned. Below please find more resources and information about the Connecticut bottle bill and container redemption programs in general. 

General Information
(FAQ's) about the Connecticut Bottle Bill and its recent changes
Beverage Container Redemption Center Registration Form
Effective immediately, all Redemption Center Registration Forms shall be submitted for review by email to Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at edith.pestana@ct.gov.
Connecticut Regulations for Bottle Bill Deposit and Redemption Summary of Connecticut Bottle Bill Legislation
Manufacturer's Information


As of October 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020, the Department will accept Exemption Applications for 2021.

 

2021 Exemption Application Word, PDF 


You must complete the ENTIRE form, otherwise your form cannot be processed and your exemption cannot be approved.

 

Effective immediately, all Maufacturer Exemption Applications shall be submitted for review by email to Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at edith.pestana@ct.gov.

Container Redemption Resources

NEW!  Bottle Bill Redemption Rate:

Bottle Bill Resource Guide by the Container Recycling Institute

The Container Recycling Institute, studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers and shift the social and environmental costs associated with manufacturing, recycling, and disposal of container and packaging waste from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers.

Bottle Bill Myths and Facts - the Container Recycling Institute  

Beverage Container Resources

Life Cycle Assessment of Drinking Water Delivery Systems: Bottled Water, Tap Water and Home/Office Delivery Water a study by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that shows that tap water is a far better environmental choice than recycling single-use bottles.

Makers of Reverse Vending Machines

Tomra

Environmental Products Corporation (ENVIPCO)

Can and Bottle Systems, Inc.

For More Information

For general questions, complaints regarding non-compliance, or for information concerning redemption center registration, please contact Edith Pestana at 860-424-3044.

Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the content on this web site to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The department is not recommending these resources over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.

Content Last Updated October 1, 2020