The Connecticut Bottle Bill

NEW: Bottle Bill Stakeholder Process

Effective immediately, all Exemption Applications shall be submitted for review by email to Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at
Exemption Applications for the calendar year of 2022 have to be submitted to DEEP by November 1, 2021.

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
Connecticut Regulations for Bottle Bill Deposit and Redemption Summary of Connecticut Bottle Bill Legislation
Manufacturer's Information


The Department is no longer accepting Exemption Applications for 2022. The only exception is for a new manufacturer who started bottling/selling noncarbonated beverages after November 1, 2022. In this case, the ENTIRE form, listed below, must be completed in order for the form to be processed and the exemption to be approved.


2022 Exemption Application for New Manufacturers Word, PDF



Effective immediately, all Manufacturer Exemption Applications shall be submitted for review by email to Edith Pestana of the Environmental Justice Program at

Container Redemption Resources

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

Olyns:  You can read more about the machines at this link.


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 November 2021