HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are receiving thousands of petitions from residents who want to expand the state’s so-called ‘‘bottle bill’’ to include more beverage containers.
On Friday, the environmental advocacy group ConnPIRG delivered more than 4,000 petitions and Valentine’s Day candy.
The General Assembly’s Environment Committee is currently considering a bill that would add bottles and cans containing teas, sports drinks and juices to the list of returnable containers. Currently, the law requires cans and bottles of beer, soda and water to be returned for a 5-cent deposit.
ConnPIRG also wants lawmakers to consider adding wine, liquor bottles and nips to the law.
Additionally, ConnPIRG has called for increasing the handling fee paid to recyclers to 3.5 cents. It’s currently 2 cents for soda and water and 1.5 cents for beer.