Lawmakers consider expanding “bottle bill”

Empty beer cans sit in a return bin. (WWLP / File)
Empty beer cans sit in a return bin. (WWLP / File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering expanding the state’s “bottle bill” to require consumers to redeem their individual drink containers for teas, sports drinks and juices.

The law, which took effect in 1980, requires cans and bottles of beer, soda and water to be returned for a five-cent deposit. The water bottles were added to the law in 2009.

Sean Doyle, an associate with the environmental advocacy group ConnPIRG, said many more beverages are now available in individual containers, creating a lot of litter.

ConnPIRG staff and volunteers are tentatively scheduled to submit about 4,000 petitions on Friday to state lawmakers, urging them to expand the current law. ConnPIRG wants lawmakers to consider other changes, such as requiring wine, liquor bottles and nips to be redeemed.

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