Keep CT Affordable! Drop the deposit. Can the beverage tax.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a forced deposit, and what would bottle bill expansion mean?
Bottle bills, also known as forced deposits, are antiquated recycling systems first introduced nearly 50 years ago, well before states adopted widespread curbside recycling programs. Today, only 10 states have these programs. Connecticut already charges shoppers an extra 5¢ on every beer, soda and water bottles/cans. Proposed legislation would double the deposit to 10¢, and even expand deposits to beverages that currently have no charge (e.g., teas, juices, sports drinks). This would raise prices for shoppers and create a huge burden for grocery stores and other retailers.
Aren’t forced deposits good for the environment?
Forced deposits make it much less convenient to recycle. People have to clean bottles and cans, store them at home, load them in their cars and lug them to a redemption center. It’s much more efficient to toss everything in a bin in your apartment building or the end of your driveway.

Bottom line: the easier it is to recycle, the more people are willing to recycle.
If not forced deposits, then what?
Connecticut has much better options to improve recycling than forcing you to pay a deposit on your beverages. These containers are already being recycled more conveniently and much more efficiently through curbside bins and other municipal recycling programs.

Instead of expanding an inefficient system, we should invest in modern recycling initiatives.

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