DEEP: Recycling Laws - Annotated List

Annotated List of CT General Statutes 
Concerning Recycling Requirements

 
The following tables present an annotated list of the current Connecticut General Statutes (laws) pertaining to recycling.  You are encouraged to read the complete text of the laws by following the links to the CT General Assembly website provided therein.  An effort was made to organize the information by relevant sector (e.g. waste haulers, solid waste facilities, municipalities and waste generators).  Also please note the revised definition of "designated recyclable item" below.
 
 
 
 Definition of Designated Recyclable Item
Sec. 22a-207(27)  Designated Recyclable Item means an item required to be recycled pursuant to Connecticut mandatory recycling regulation or designated for recycling pursuant to CT General Statutes Sec. 22a-256 or Sec. 22a-208v.
 
Note: Current designated recyclable items include: 1) glass and metal food containers; 2)  residential and non-residential high grade white office paper; 3) old newspaper; 4) scrap metal; 5) old corrugated cardboard; 6) waste oil; 7) motor vehicle storage batteries (e.g. lead acid storage batteries); 8) Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries; 9) leaves; 10) grass clippings; 11) HDPE and PETE plastic containers; 12) boxboard; 13) magazines; and 14) colored ledger paper.
 
 

Haulers

Sec. 8-2 (a) - No municipal building zoning regulations shall prohibit the use of receptacles for the storage of designated recyclable items or require such receptacles comply with provisions for bulk or lot area (with some specific exceptions). No such regulations shall unreasonably restrict access to or size of such receptacles for designated recyclable items for businesses.
Sec. 22a-208c – No person shall receive, dispose of, or process solid waste or transport solid waste for disposal or processing at any solid waste facility, volume reduction plant, solid waste disposal area, recycling facility or recycling center, etc. unless such facility complies with provisions of 22a-208a (permit requirements).
Sec. 22a-208v – Grass clippings prohibited from disposal at solid waste facilities after October 1998.
Sec. 22a-220a (d)(1) – Any collector hauling solid waste, including recyclables, generated within a municipality shall register annually in that municipality and disclose specific information to the municipality.
Sec. 22a-220a (d)(2) – On or before July 31,2011 and annually thereafter collectors shall report information to municipalities for the previous fiscal year, on a form provided by DEEP.  Such report shall include  information regarding solid waste (including recyclables) hauled from within the borders of the municipality including the type of waste, first destination; amount delivered directly to an out-of-state destination or end-user; etc.
Sec. 22a-220a (e) – The door of any private vehicle used to haul solid waste shall be clearly marked with the business name and address of the hauler.
Sec. 22-220a (f) – A collector shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $2,500 for each violation and not more than $10,000 for a subsequent violation if the collector:
  1. Dumps more than one cubic foot of solid waste at one time in an area not designated for such disposal by a municipality; or
  2. Knowingly mixes other solid waste with items designated for recycling pursuant to 22a-241b, or pursuant to municipal ordinance
Sec. 22a-220a (j) – On or before July 31, 2011 and annually thereafter collectors hauling CT solid waste (including recyclables) from an entity other than a CT permitted SW facility and delivering such waste to a destination other than a CT permitted SW facility shall submit a report to the DEEP on a form prescribed by the DEEP.
Sec. 22a-220a (k) – Collectors hauling MSW (including recyclables) generated in CT and delivering that MSW (including recyclables) to a CT permitted solid waste facility, shall identify upon delivery the origin of the waste or recyclables as either the sending regional solid waste facility or the originating municipality as applicable.
Sec. 22a-220c (a) – Each municipality shall notify haulers of recycling requirements. After such notice, collectors are required to notify the municipal recycling contact about any customer believed to be discarding designated recyclables with solid waste.

Upon request of the municipality, a hauler shall provide a warning notice to customers suspected of violating separation requirements.

Haulers shall also assist the municipality in identifying persons responsible for creating solid waste loads containing significant amounts of recyclables which were detected by the receiving resource recovery or solid waste facility.

Sec. 22a-220c (b) – The owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility receiving a load of solid waste containing a significant quantity of designated recyclables, shall notify the driver of the vehicle delivering the load and the municipality where the load originated. Such facility owners and operators shall conduct periodic, unannounced inspections of loads delivered to the facility and shall conduct additional inspections upon the request of the DEEP commissioner.
Sec. 22a-241b (c) - Each person who generates solid waste from a residential property shall, in accordance with subsection (f) of section 22a-220, separate designated recyclable items from other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-241b (d) - Every person who generates solid waste from a property other than a residential property shall make provision for and cause the separation of designated recyclable items from other solid waste through the use of separate collection containers for designated recyclable items i.e. other solid waste and designated recyclable items cannot be mixed together in the same collection containers.
Sec. 22a-241b (e) - No person shall knowingly combine previously segregated designated recyclable items with other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-241j (b)(1) – On or before July 1, 2011 each collector who offers curbside or backyard collection of residential solid waste shall offer curbside or backyard collection of designated recyclable items commonly collected curbside in CT to each of such customer.  The charge for collection of designated recyclables shall be included in the collector’s charge for solid waste collection.
 
Sec. 22a-241j (a)(2) - Collectors providing services to municipalities which achieve an MSW recycling rate averaged over a three year continuous period, that exceeds the state-wide MSW recycling rate averaged for that three year period are exempt from the above requirement.
Sec. 22a-241k (2)(b) - Common gathering venues which provide for trash collection and where designated recyclables may be generated must also provide recycling receptacles for designated recyclables.
Sec. 22a-241l (b) - (effective July 1, 2012) Each contract between a business and a collector for the collection of solid waste shall make provision for collection of designated recyclable items – either by the same collector or by a different collector as identified by the customer.  In addition, each collector shall provide customers with clear instructions on how to separate designated recyclable items.
Sec. 22a-256c (d) – No person shall dispose of used mercuric oxide batteries except by delivery to a retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, or recycling center.
Sec. 22a-256g (a) – No person may place a used lead acid storage battery in mixed MSW or discard or otherwise dispose of such used lead acid storage battery, except by delivery to a retailer or wholesaler, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted by the US EPA, or a scrap metal processor, or a municipally established collection site.

Sec. 22a-256g (b) – No retailer shall dispose of a used lead acid storage battery except by delivery to battery manufacturer for delivery to a secondary lead smelter permitted by US EPA, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted by US EPA, or a scrap metal processor.

Sec. 22a-256g (c) – Any person violating subsection (a) or (b) shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars. Each battery disposed in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation.

 
Sec. 22a-636 - Prohibits covered electronic devices and any of their components from being disposed.

Solid Waste Facilities

PA 10-87 Section 8 -  Not later than June 1, 2011, DEEP shall report, to the General Assembly Environment Committee, the costs and benefits of different methods of removing food waste from the waste stream and identify state  incentives and guidance to develop requisite composting facilities to accomplish this.
PA 10-87 Section 9 – DEEP in consultation with the CT Academy of Science and Engineering shall study the potential beneficial use of ash residue and not later than January 1, 2011 DEEP shall submit a report on the results of that study to the General Assembly Environment Committee.
Sec. 22a-208c – No person shall receive, dispose of, or process solid waste or transport solid waste for disposal or processing at any solid waste facility, volume reduction plant, solid waste disposal area, recycling facility or recycling center, etc. unless such facility complies with provisions of 22a-208a (permit requirements).
Sec. 22a-208e (c) – The owner or operator of any recycling facility which receives for processing or sale the following items generated within the boundaries of a Connecticut municipality: 1) Cardboard, 2) glass, food and beverage containers, 3) leaves, 4) metal food and beverage containers, 5) newspapers, 6) storage batteries, 7) waste oil, 8) plastic food and beverage containers, 9) office paper – shall report to DEEP quarterly on a form prescribed by the Commissioner and shall report to each municipality from which material is received. If a municipality or hauler delivers those items out-of-state, the municipality shall notify the commissioner and shall ensure, by contract, that reporting requirements are met by the out-of-state facility.
Sec. 22a-208f – Scrap metal processors who report to DEEP on the amount of scrap metal received or purchased from municipalities or political subdivisions, are not required to obtain a permit.
Sec. 22a-208i (a) Any facility that handles only leaves is exempt from permit requirements; (b) the Commissioner may exempt other recycling facilities as well; ( c) such exempt facilities still must meet operational requirements and other applicable regulations adopted under 22a-209.
Sec. 22a-208v – Grass clippings prohibited from disposal at solid waste facilities after October 1998.
Sec. 22a-209e – Lamp recycling facilities shall be considered a volume reduction plant and not subject to Sec. 22a-254 (hazardous waste permit) as long as it is operated in compliance with federal law.
Sec. 22a-220 (a) – Each municipality shall make provisions for the disposal of solid waste generated within its borders, including its share of the residue remaining after a recycling facility has processed its recyclables.
Sec. 22a-220 (b) – Each recycling facility shall maintain records on the amount of solid waste derived from each municipality and the amount of residue apportioned to each municipality.
Sec. 22a-220 (c) – Any municipality whose solid waste is processed at a recycling facility, or any solid waste facility which accepts residue from a recycling facility, may at any reasonable time, inspect the recycling facility and any records relating to amount of SW received and the amount of residue apportioned to each municipality.
Sec. 22a-220 (d) – If any municipality, regional authority, or regional solid waste facility fails to receive proper residue allocation from a recycling facility, it may bring civil action for relief.
Sec. 22a-220a (k) – If a collector hauls  MSW (including recyclables) generated in CT and delivers such waste or recyclables to a CT permitted solid waste facility, the collector shall identify upon delivery to the receiving facility, the origin of the  MSW or recyclables as either the originating regional solid waste facility or originating municipality as applicable.
Sec. 22a-220c (b) – The owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility receiving a load of solid waste containing a significant quantity of designated recyclables, shall notify the driver of the vehicle delivering the load and the municipality where the load originated. Such facility owners and operators shall conduct periodic, unannounced inspections of loads delivered to the facility and shall conduct additional inspections upon the request of the DEEP commissioner.
Sec. 22a-220d – Failure of an owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility to notify a municipality about loads originating in the municipality and containing significant amounts of recyclables shall be subject to a warning by the municipality or the DEEP Commissioner for the first violation and to a civil penalty of $500 for each subsequent violation.

Failure of an owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility to conduct an inspection requested by the DEEP Commissioner shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 dollars for each violation and $5,000 for each subsequent violation.

Any municipality which fails to receive notification as required, or the Attorney General at the request of the DEEP Commissioner, may bring an action under this section.

Sec. 22a-241b (e) - No person shall knowingly combine previously segregated designated recyclable items with other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-256c (d) – No person shall dispose of used mercuric oxide batteries except by delivery to a retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, or recycling center.
Sec. 22a-256g (a) – No person may place a used lead acid storage battery in mixed MSW or discard or otherwise dispose of such used lead acid storage battery, except by delivery to a retailer or wholesaler, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted by the US EPA, or a scrap metal processor, or a municipally established collection site.

Sec. 22a-256g (b) – No retailer shall dispose of a used lead acid storage battery except by delivery to battery manufacturer for delivery to a secondary lead smelter permitted by US EPA, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted by US EPA, or a scrap metal processor.

Sec. 22a-256g (c) – Any person violating subsection (a) or (b) shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars. Each battery disposed in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation.

Sec. 22a-629 through Sec. 22a-640 – Electronics Recycling Law - Guidance for E-waste Recyclers.

Sec. 22a-636 - Prohibits covered electronic devices and any of their components from being disposed.

Municipalities

Sec. 8-2 (a) - No municipal building zoning regulations shall prohibit the use of receptacles for the storage of designated recyclable items or require such receptacles comply with provisions for bulk or lot area (with some specific exceptions). No such regulations shall unreasonably restrict access to or size of such receptacles for designated recyclable items for businesses.
Sec. 22a-208e (c) – The owner or operator of any recycling facility which receives for processing or sale the following items generated from the boundaries of Connecticut municipality: 1) Cardboard, 2) glass, food and beverage containers, 3) leaves, 4) metal food and beverage containers, 5) newspapers, 6) storage batteries, 7) waste oil, 8) plastic food and beverage containers, 9) office paper – shall report to DEEP quarterly on a form prescribed by the Commissioner and shall report to each municipality from which materials is received. If a municipality or hauler delivers those items out-of-state, the municipality shall notify the commissioner and shall ensure, by contract, that reporting requirements are met by the out-of-state facility.
Sec. 22a-220 (a) – Each municipality shall make provisions for the disposal of solid waste generated within its borders, including its share of the residue remaining after a recycling facility has processed its recyclables.
Sec. 22a-220 (c) – Any municipality whose solid waste is processed at a recycling facility, or any solid waste facility which accepts residue from a recycling facility, may at any reasonable time, inspect the recycling facility and any records relating to amounts of SW received and the amount of residue apportioned to each municipality.
Sec. 22a-220 (d) – If any municipality, regional authority, or regional solid waste facility fails to receive proper residue allocation from a recycling facility, it may bring civil action for relief.
Sec. 22a-220 (f) – Each municipality shall make provision for the separation, collection, processing and marketing of designated recyclables generated within its borders. The municipality shall adopt an ordinance on or before January 1, 1991 and provide DEEP with a recycling contact name, address, and telephone number.

It shall be the goal to recycle twenty-five per cent of the solid waste generated in each municipality provided it shall be the goal to reduce the weight of such waste by January 1, 2000, by an additional fifteen per cent by source reduction as determined by reference to the state solid waste management plan established in 1991, or by recycling such additional percentage of waste generated, or both.

CGS 22a-220 (h) - Each municipality shall submit an annual recycling report to DEEP on or before September 30th for the previous fiscal year (July - June).  The report shall be on a form provided by DEEP and shall include specific information.
Sec. 22a-220 (i) – Each municipality shall designate a municipal or regional recycling contact person.
Sec. 22a-220 (j) – Commissioner may issue an order to enforce recycling requirements of Section 22a-220 and may issue a notice of recycling program deficiency for a municipality.
Sec. 22a-220a (a) – Municipality may designate where certain recyclables and solid waste generated within its borders from residential properties shall be taken for processing or sale.
Sec. 22a-220a (d)(1) – Any collector or hauler of solid waste, including recyclables, generated within a municipality shall register annually in that municipality and disclose specific information to the municipality.
Sec. 22a-220a (d)(2) – On or before July 31,2011 and annually thereafter collectors shall report information to municipalities for the previous fiscal year, on a form provided by DEEP.  Such report shall include  information regarding solid waste (including recyclables) hauled from within the borders of the municipality including the type of waste, first destination; amount delivered directly to an out-of-state destination or end-user; etc.
Sec. 22a-220a (g) - As used in this section, "collector" means any person who holds himself out for hire to collect solid waste on a regular basis from residential, business, commercial or other establishments.
Sec. 22a-220a (f) – Any collector who knowingly mixes other solid waste with items designated for recycling pursuant to 22a-241b (or pursuant to municipal ordinance) shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $2, 500 for each violation and not more than $10,000 for a subsequent violation.
Sec.22a-220c (a) – Each municipality shall notify haulers of recycling requirements. After such notice, collectors are required to notify the municipal recycling contact about any customer believed to be discarding designated recyclables with solid waste.

Upon request of the municipality, a hauler shall provide a warning notice to customers suspected of violating separation requirements.

Haulers shall also assist also the municipality in identifying persons responsible for creating solid waste loads containing significant amounts of recyclables which were detected by the receiving resource recovery or solid waste facility.

Sec. 22a-220c (b) – The owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility receiving a load of solid waste containing a significant quantity of designated recyclables, shall notify the driver of the vehicle delivering the load and the municipality where the load originated. Such facility owners and operators shall conduct periodic, unannounced inspections of loads delivered to the facility and shall conduct additional inspections upon the request of the DEEP Commissioner.
Sec. 22a-220d – Failure of an owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility to notify a municipality about loads originating in the municipality and containing significant amounts of recyclables shall be subject to a warning by the municipality or the DEEP Commissioner for the first violation and to a civil penalty of $500 for each subsequent violation.
 
Failure of an owner or operator of a resource recovery facility or solid waste facility to conduct an inspection requested by the DEEP Commissioner shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 dollars for each violation and $5,000 for each subsequent violation.

Any municipality which fails to receive notification as required, or the Attorney General at the request of the DEEP Commissioner, may bring an action under this section.

Sec. 22a-226d (a) – Any municipality may establish a fine, not exceeding $1,000 for violation of an ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 22a-250(a) or 22a-220(f) or 22a-220a(f) or 22a-220a(i)

Sec. 22a-226d (b) – Any police officer or other person authorized by the CEO of a municipality may issue a citation to any person who commits such a violation.

Sec. 22a-229 (a) – After the adoption of a state wide solid waste plan, any action taken by a person, municipality or regional authority that is governed by this chapter shall be consistent with such plan.
Sec. 22a-229 (b) through 22a-229 (d) – No municipality shall ban the sale or use of polystyrene packaging if the vendors or retail users of such products are engaged in an effort to collect and deliver such packaging to an established recycling facility. Does not apply to municipalities which held any hearing (in accordance with local law, ordinance, etc.) before October 1, 1989 or enacted any local law or ordinance before March 15, 1990, which would be inconsistent with these sections.
Sec. 22a-241b (b) - Any designated recyclable item shall be recycled by a municipality within 6 months of the availability of service by a local or regional processing system.
Sec. 22a-241b (c) - Each person who generates solid waste from a residential property shall, in accordance with subsection (f) of section 22a-220, separate designated recyclable items from other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-241b (d) - Every person who generates solid waste from a property other than a residential property shall make provision for and cause the separation of designated recyclable items from other solid waste through the use of separate collection containers for designated recyclable items i.e. other solid waste and designated recyclable items cannot be mixed together in the same collection containers.
Sec. 22a-241b (e) - No person shall knowingly combine previously segregated designated recyclable items with other solid waste.
Sec. 22a 241e – The Commissioner may order a municipality to deliver its recyclables items to an IPC if the municipality has failed to enter into a contract with an IPC and has failed to take measures necessary to implement local processing.
Sec. 22a-241i - A municipality may impose a penalty not to exceed $500 for each violation by a commercial establishment of recycling separation requirements.
Sec. 22a-241j (a)(1) - On or before July 1, 2011 each municipality shall offer curbside or backyard collection of designated recyclable items commonly collected curbside in CT to those businesses and residents for which the municipality provides municipal curbside or backyard collection of solid waste as of October 1, 2010.
Sec. 22a-241j (a)(2) - Municipalities which achieve an MSW recycling rate averaged over a three year continuous period, that exceeds the state-wide MSW recycling rate averaged for that three year period are exempt from the above requirement.
Sec. 22a-241j (b)(1) – On or before July 1, 2011 each collector who offers curbside or backyard collection of residential solid waste shall offer curbside or backyard collection of designated recyclable items commonly collected curbside in CT to each of such customer.  The charge for collection of designated recyclables shall be included in the collector’s charge for solid waste collection.
 
Sec. 22a-241j (b)(2) - Collectors providing services to municipalities which achieve an MSW recycling rate averaged over a three year continuous period, that exceeds the state-wide MSW recycling rate averaged for that three year period are exempt from the above requirement.
Sec. 22a-241k (2)(b) -(effective October 1, 2011) Common gathering venues which provide for trash collection and where designated recyclables may be generated must also provide recycling receptacles for designated recyclables.
Sec. 22a-241l (b) - (effective July 1, 2012) Each contract between a business and a collector for the collection of solid waste shall make provision for collection of designated recyclable items – either by the same collector or by a different collector as identified by the customer.  In addition, each collector shall provide customers with clear instructions on how to separate designated recyclable items.
Sec. 22a-256a – Each municipality shall recycle NiCd batteries.

Sec. 22a-629 through Sec. 22a-640 – Electronics Recycling Law - Guidance for Municipalities

Sec. 22a-636 - Prohibits covered electronic devices and any of their components from being disposed.

Generators   
(Everyone e.g. Households; Retail Establishments; Businesses; Printers & Publishers; Schools; Local, State, Regional and Federal Government Facilities; Institutions; Non-profits; Hospitals, Hotels; etc.)

Sec. 22a-241l (b) - (effective July 1, 2012) Each contract between a business and a collector for the collection of solid waste shall make provision for collection of designated recyclable items – either by the same collector or by a different collector as identified by the customer.  In addition, each collector shall provide customers with clear instructions on how to separate designated recyclable items.
PA 10-87 Section 8 -  Not later than June 1, 2011, DEEP shall report, to the General Assembly Environment Committee, the costs and benefits of different methods of removing food waste from the waste stream and identify state  incentives and guidance to develop requisite composting facilities to accomplish this.
PA 10-87 Section 9 – DEEP in consultation with the CT Academy of Science and Engineering shall study the potential beneficial use of ash residue and not later than January 1, 2011 DEEP shall submit a report on the results of that study to the General Assembly Environment Committee.
Sec. 8-2 (a) - No municipal building zoning regulations shall prohibit the use of receptacles for the storage of designated recyclable items or require such receptacles comply with provisions for bulk or lot area (with some specific exceptions). No such regulations shall unreasonably restrict access to or size of such receptacles for designated recyclable items for businesses.
Sec. 22a-220a (i) – Any person other than a collector who dumps the wrong type of material into a recycling collection container shall be guilty of an infraction as provided for in chapter 881b. Any municipal police officer may issue a summons for this type of violation.
Sec. 22a-241b (c) – Each person who generates solid waste from a residential property shall, in accordance with subsection (f) of Sec. 22a-220, separate designated recyclable items from other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-241b (d) – Every person who generates solid waste from a property other than a residential property shall make provision for and cause the separation of designated recyclable items  from other solid waste through the use of separate collection containers for designated recyclable items i.e. other solid waste and designated recyclable items cannot be mixed together in the same collection containers.
Sec. 22a-241b (e) - No person shall knowingly combine previously segregated designated recyclable items with other solid waste.
Sec. 22a-241i – A municipality may impose a penalty not to exceed $500 for each violation by a commercial establishment of recycling separation requirements.
Sec. 22a-241j (a)(1) – On or before July 1, 2011 each municipality shall offer curbside or backyard collection of designated recyclable items commonly collected curbside in CT to those businesses and residents for which the municipality provides municipal curbside or backyard collect of solid waste as of October 1, 2010.
Sec. 22a-241j (a)(2) - Municipalities which achieve an MSW recycling rate averaged over a three year continuous period, that exceeds the state-wide MSW recycling rate averaged for that three year period are exempt from the above requirement.
Sec. 22a-241j (b)(1) – On or before July 1, 2011 each collector who offers curbside or backyard collection of residential solid waste shall offer curbside or backyard collection of designated recyclable items commonly collected curbside in CT to each of such customer.  The charge for collection of designated recyclables shall be included in the collector’s charge for solid waste collection.
 
Sec. 22a-241j (b)(2) - Collectors providing services to municipalities which achieve an MSW recycling rate averaged over a three year continuous period, that exceeds the state-wide MSW recycling rate averaged for that three year period are exempt from the above requirement.
Sec. 22a-241k (2)(b) - (effective October 1, 2011) Common gathering venues which provide for trash collection and where designated recyclables may be generated must also provide recycling receptacles for designated recyclables.
Sec. 22a-255a – No person may sell an aluminum or steel can which is also composed of one or more plastics.
Sec. 22a-255b – Any plastic bottle sold or offered for sale in Connecticut shall bear a plastic resin identification code.
Sec. 22a-255e – Each retail establishment offering plastic bags to customers for goods purchased at such establishment shall also offer paper bags and inform customers that a choice is available.
Sec. 22a-256b (a) – Any NiCd battery containing consumer product sold or offered for sale after July 1, 1993 shall have the NiCd battery easily removable and shall be properly labeled.
Sec. 22a-256c (b) – Each retailer selling mercuric oxide batteries shall provide written notice that such batteries are hazardous and require separate disposal. Such retailer is required to accept used mercuric oxide batteries from the consumer.

Sec. 22a-256c (c) – Retailers shall accept used mercuric oxide batteries from consumers. Wholesalers shall accept used mercuric oxide batteries from retailers or consumers. Any mercuric oxide batteries accepted by a retailer or wholesaler shall be disposed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Sec. 22a-256c (d) – No person shall dispose of used mercuric oxide batteries except by delivery to a retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, or recycling center.

Sec. 22a-256g (a) – No person may place a used lead acid storage battery in mixed MSW or discard or otherwise dispose of such used lead acid storage battery, except by delivery to a retailer or wholesaler, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted by the US EPA, or a scrap metal processor, or a municipally established collection site.
Sec. 22a-256g (b) – No retailer shall dispose of a used lead acid storage battery except by delivery to battery manufacturer for delivery to a secondary lead smelter permitted by US EPA, or a recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter permitted be US EPA, or scrap metal processor.
Sec. 22a-256g (c) – Any person violating subsection (a) or (b) shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars. Each battery disposed in violation of this section shall constitute a separate violation.
Sec. 22a-256h – Deals with the $5 deposit on lead acid storage batteries and the requirement for retailers to post written notice and to accept a used battery for recycling when a new battery is purchased.
Sec. 22a-256i – Requires a wholesaler to accept at the point of transfer, used batteries, at a minimum equal to the number of new batteries purchased, from retailers or consumers. Any wholesaler accepting batteries in transfer from a retailer shall remove such batteries from the retail point of collection within ninety days. The Commissioner, upon presenting appropriate credentials to a retailer, operator or agent in charge, may inspect, at reasonable times the retailer’s place of business. The Commissioner may issue warnings and citations to retailers who fail to comply with the provisions of 22a-256f through 22a-256i, inclusive.
Sec. 22a-256m through Sec. 22a-256u – Requirements for Connecticut publishers and printers to use minimum percentages of recycled newsprint fiber and to report to DEEP annually.
Sec. 22a-256y through Sec. 22a-256ee – Requirements for directory publishers to use minimum percentages of recycled fiber, to report to DEEP annually, and under certain conditions, to provide for the retrieval of a percentage of the directories they distribute.

Sec. 22a-629 through Sec. 22a-240 – Electronics Recycling Law

Sec. 22a-636 - Prohibits covered electronic devices and any of their components from being disposed.

Questions? Call the DEEP Recycling Office at (860) 424-3366.

Content Last Updated June 19, 2014

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