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GMA weighs in on Connecticut bottle bill

The Grocery Manufacturers of America came out against proposed legislation in the Connecticut House that would expand the bottle deposit system to include noncarbonated beverages.

The expansion would only make a flawed system even worse, said GMA. Research done in 2001 estimates the cost of recycling noncarbonated beverage containers through a deposit system at $1꼲 per ton compared to $504 per ton under the current system and $100 to $150 per ton under a curbside program. Furthermore, under the current system, container deposits constitute only 2.1% of solid waste. Expanding the bottle bill would increase the state recycling rate by just 0.6%.

GMA said it shared the goal of the legislation to move beyond the bottle bill, but it rejected a proposal to assess an advanced deposit fee on manufacturers to fund the phaseout of the bottle deposit system and replace it with greater recycling opportunities. A funding rate must be equitable among all categories of beverage containers, GMA said, adding that it should be a one-time assessment and not a three-year assessment.

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