Unclaimed Bottle Deposits No Budget Booster For Conn.

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Unclaimed water bottle deposits are not turning out to be the bonanza for which Connecticut state officials had hoped.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The Nutmeg State will come up short on the $17 million a year it had hoped to collect from unclaimed nickel deposits on water and soda bottles, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports.

It turns out people are redeeming the bottles themselves, or perhaps buying less bottled water.

Paul Nunnenmacher, a spokesman for the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, says he’s seen a 30 percent drop-off in recycled plastic bottles – and that means a lot less money will be going back to town recycling efforts.

Nunnenmacher says it is “a bad thing, because towns are doing a good job of recycling.”

Connecticut expanded its bottle bill last year to include plastic water bottles, hoping to cash in on millions of dollars from the unclaimed and discarded empties.


One Comment

  1. jschm says:

    Good- money grubbing politicians. In fact it took money away from towns who recycled.

  2. RulingClass says:

    My family started taking weekly walks specifically to pick up the 5 cent bottles, so the ruling class also know as the CT general assembly doesn’t receive the funds associated with the bottles/cans. We then donate these cans/bottles to charity … instead of the ruling elite in Hartford.

    Vote out all incumbents on Nov 2 – these people are destroying the Constituion state.

  3. Repo Man says:

    good it’s not supposed to be state revenue. It;s supposed to encourage recycling.

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