DEEP: Connecticut Bottle Bill

The Connecticut Bottle Bill

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.

Connecticut residents generate an estimated 5 pounds of garbage every day!
In 2002, 189 billion sodas, juice drinks, and other beverages packaged in plastic or glass bottles and aluminum cans were consumed in the U.S.  That's over 650 containers per person per year - or almost two containers a day for every person.
~ WorldWatch
In 2000, the national recycling rate of 30% saved the equivelent of more than five billion gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels. ~ US EPA
In 2002, 285 million Americans failed to recycle some 51 billion cans - enough to encircle the Earth 153 times if laid end-to-end. ~ WorldWatch
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
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 2019. The only exception is for a new manufacturer who started bottling/selling noncarbonated beverages after November 1, 2018. 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.

2019 Exemption Application for New Manufacturers
Word, PDF

Container Redemption Resources

NEW!  Bottle Bill Redemption Rate:

Bottle Bill Resource Guide by the Container Recycling Institute

"Drink and Deposit" by Jennifer Gitlitz, Waste Management World,

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.

Explaining the Bottle Bill by Earth911

Bottle Bill Myths and Facts - the Container Recycling Institute

National Beverage Deposits by the Grassroots Recycling Network

Beverage Container Resources

Good Stuff? - Beverages by WorldWatch

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


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 June 2019