Recycling Refund Upgrades

Connecticut’s Recycling Refund program
is getting an upgrade

With bipartisan support, Connecticut has voted to upgrade its deposit law.

Below you can find out what has been updated and why.

Recycling Refunds raise recycling rates.

States with higher deposit values have higher recycling rates.

When Oregon raised its deposit value from five to ten cents, its redemption rate rose from 64% in 2016 to 86% in 2019. On January 1, 2024, Connecticut will join Michigan and Oregon by increasing the value of deposits from five to ten cents per container.

Now most beverages are eligible for a refund.

Previously only beer, soda and water were eligible for a deposit refund in Connecticut. When the law first passed in 1983, sports drinks, energy drinks, kombuchas, and others were not as popular. Starting in 2023, most beverages sold will also be eligible for a deposit refund.

More convenient redemption locations are coming to Connecticut