Update the Bottle Bill

UPDATE THE BOTTLE BILL—The Bottle Bill is Connecticut's most successful recycling program. However, we still throw out nearly 300 million bottles every year. It's time to Update the Bottle Bill.

ConnPIRG worked to pass the original Bottle Bill back in 1978 to reduce the litter caused by beer and soda containers. It was updated in 2009 to include water bottles, and today, 70% of containers covered under the Bottle Bill are recycled.

However, many bottles are still not covered, like single-serving juices, teas, and sport and energy drinks. The only difference between a bottle that is covered by the deposit and one that isn't is its contents — the bottles are the same. It's time for an update.

Reducing Waste

Every year in Connecticut, we throw away almost 300 million bottles that are not covered by the bottle bill — enough to blanket the entire stretch of I-91 in our state. Many of these bottles go to incinerators, and Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country. Let's keep these bottles out of incinerators and keep litter off our streets.

Increasing Recycling

Today, 70% of bottles and cans covered by the bottle bill are recycled, versus just 25% of those that are not covered. The bottle bill has a proven track record of success and should cover all of our bottles. It's time for an update.

Benefiting Our Towns

Our towns pay a pretty penny to deal with our trash — and that's where our bottles end up when not covered by the bottle bill. By removing these bottles, we reduce the volume and weight of our trash stream, improving efficiency and bringing down costs.

A Commonsense Update

Big businesses like supermarkets, liquor retailers and distributors have spent millions trying to defeat an update. By uniting the public and putting our experts and advocates in the hearing rooms and offices where key decisions are being made, we can update the Bottle Bill in Connecticut.

Issue updates

News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

House Sends Transformative Recycling Bill To Governor's Desk

With a 144-0 vote, the House followed the Senate in passing Senate Bill 27, AAC Connecticut's Recycling and Materials Management Strategy.  The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Friday.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Recycling Bill Clears Senate | Evan Preston

The state Senate passed the Governor's Recycling Bill late Friday night with a unanimous vote.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Solid Waste

Hartford Courant Supports Recycling Bill, Twice | Evan Preston

The Hartford Courant has editorialized twice this week in favor of the Governor's Recycling Bill.

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Media Hit | Solid Waste

Moving Connecticut toward zero waste

Connecticut made a conscious decision 40 years ago to transform its waste management by phasing out landfills and investing in incinerators.  However, the decision we face today is not between burning or burying our waste -- it is between seeing the material we throw away as waste, or seeing it as material with a market value if handled properly.  A new bill introduced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gives us the opportunity to transform again,  from managing waste to managing material, moving us closer to zero waste.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Governor's Recycling Bill Advances | Evan Preston

The Governor's recycling bill, Senate Bill 27, has been reported favorably out of the Environment Committee. 

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

House Sends Transformative Recycling Bill To Governor's Desk

With a 144-0 vote, the House followed the Senate in passing Senate Bill 27, AAC Connecticut's Recycling and Materials Management Strategy.  The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Friday.

> Keep Reading
Media Hit | Solid Waste

Moving Connecticut toward zero waste

Connecticut made a conscious decision 40 years ago to transform its waste management by phasing out landfills and investing in incinerators.  However, the decision we face today is not between burning or burying our waste -- it is between seeing the material we throw away as waste, or seeing it as material with a market value if handled properly.  A new bill introduced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gives us the opportunity to transform again,  from managing waste to managing material, moving us closer to zero waste.

> Keep Reading
News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

ConnPIRG Testimony on Governor's Bill 27

ConnPIRG's testimony today in support of Governor's Bill 27, before the Environment Committee

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Media Hit | Solid Waste

Improving recycling in Connecticut

Governor’s S.B. No. 27 addresses several goals including a new solid waste management plan, setting a timeline to “repurpose” the Hartford incinerator, and create what will be known as the Connecticut Recycling Foundation

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

Environment Committee Hears Testimony on Bottle Bill Update at Public Hearing

On Friday February 28th, the Environment Committee heard testimony on a proposed bill to update Connecticut's Bottle Bill, Senate Bill No. 69.  ConnPIRG supports the update to our state's most effective recycling program.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Solid Waste

The Zero Waste Solution

Connecticut burns more of its waste than any other state in the country, generating more than half a million tons of toxic ash every year. Connecticut’s recycling rate, currently at 24 percent, has been stagnant for years, and the state has continued to generate more trash per person over time.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Recycling Bill Clears Senate | Evan Preston

The state Senate passed the Governor's Recycling Bill late Friday night with a unanimous vote.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Solid Waste

Hartford Courant Supports Recycling Bill, Twice | Evan Preston

The Hartford Courant has editorialized twice this week in favor of the Governor's Recycling Bill.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Solid Waste

Governor's Recycling Bill Advances | Evan Preston

The Governor's recycling bill, Senate Bill 27, has been reported favorably out of the Environment Committee. 

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Solid Waste

Increasing Recycling Through Regionalism

Today's meeting of Connecticut's Solid Waste Advisory Committee focused on regionalism.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Recycling Bill Introduced | Evan Preston

On the first day of the legislative session, a bill was introduced that would significantly overhaul recycling in Connecticut.

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