Connecticut lawmakers pass bill to hike bottle deposit, expand items that require it

Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation Thursday to not only expand the list of drinks that require a bottle deposit, but to increase the deposit cost from 5 to 10 cents.

News 12 Staff

Jun 3, 2021, 11:14 PM

Updated 1,082 days ago

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Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation Thursday to not only expand the list of drinks that require a bottle deposit, but to increase the deposit cost from 5 to 10 cents.
It was approved in the House by a vote of 105 to 42. The new legislation expands the list to include hard seltzer and cider, plant water, juice, juice drinks, tea, coffee, kombucha, plant-infused beverages, sports and energy drinks - but these will be added in 2024.
The legislation will also require liquid wholesalers to collect a 5-cent surcharge on 50 milliliter liquor bottles known as nip.
The money will help municipalities clean up the tiny bottles.


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