7 September 2014
Chapter 21 #4
Bottle bill law or better known as container-deposit legislation is a law that requires collection of a monetary deposit on soft-drink, juice, milk, water, alcoholic-beverage and other reusable packaging at the point of sale. They do this so that it can be ensured that there will be a high rate of recycling or reuse of bottle after you are done with it. Connecticut along with 10 other states in the U.S. have the bottle bill law. There might be slightly different provisions in each state but essentially they work by charging a small deposit on a container at the time of purchase which is returned to the consumer when the empty bottle is returned. Taxpayers absorb the cost of disposing of beverages containers. They absorb the costs of unsightly dangerous beverage container litter. They also absorb the costs of recycling beverage containers through curbside recycling programs. When there is a refundable deposit of beverage containers the consumers pay the deposit. The deposit id refunded if the container is returned. The beverage distributors and bottlers absorb the cost collection. They then choose weather or not to pass their costs on to their consumers. Due to the fact that 70% or more of the deposits are returned taxpayers pay less for disposal less for litter pickup and less for curbside recycling. There is a cost dealing with beverage container waste whether through recycling or disposal it will either be borne by government or by brand owners distributors and beverage consumers. Distributors have the option of passing the cost of handling on to consumers. Also distributors have taken back hauling out of distribution systems. They have the ability to design it back in. There is also a thing called curbside recycling which is a recycling and deposit system that is not mutually exclusive. Together they can be part of a comprehensive approach to recycling. The curbside recycling and deposit systems are where materials collected through deposit programs are of a much higher quality than materials collected through the curbside recycling programs. The bottle bill law shows people that beverage containers comprise 40-60% of litter. Deposit law significantly reduce container litter and other types of litter. All of these things tell us about what the bottle bill law is and it shows use that Connecticut does follow all of these laws and rules about beverage containers.