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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.
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.
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.
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