Get ready for an expanded “bottle bill”

May 1, 2019

HARTFORD — The key tax-writing committee of the General Assembly is on track Wednesday to change consumer behavior for the first time in about 40 years, considering a doubling of the nickel bottle deposit to 10 cents, and expanding the list of drinks to include juices, teas, sports and energy drinks.

The legislative Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee estuimates that as many as 340 million new containers per year would become subject to the deposit law, which would take full effect on July 1, 2022. It would likely increase consumer redemptions, refunding more than $90 million a year, but $600,000 would revert to the state’s general fund from those too lazy to return their containers.

Earlier in the session, advocates for state package stores defeated a proposal from Gov. Ned Lamont to impose deposits on wine and liquor bottles, as well as the small “nips” that litter state roads.

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