This week, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced Beverage Container Recycling (Bottle Bill) grant program opportunities for beverage container redemption centers in urban centers and environmental justice communities to help provide convenient and reliable access for container redemption to all Connecticut residents.
This grant program comes at a critical time as the state prepares to expand the list of container types covered under the bottle bill and increase the deposit amount. The Bottle Bill is an important environmental program that dramatically reduces litter and facilitates the recycling of glass, plastic, and metal containers and minimizes their disposal.
Section 65 of June Special Session Public Act 21-2 required that DEEP issue a grant application process that distributes such grant proceeds and sets forth additional requirements. Information about the Grant Program and the grant application can be found on DEEP’s website.
“Connecticut’s Bottle Bill program is a powerful tool for reducing litter and promoting recycling in our state, and the key to its success is in providing convenient access to redemption for everyone in our state,” says DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “The Beverage Container Recycling Grant Program will invest in redemption centers in areas of our state that are currently underserved and do not have adequate bottle redemption options. This will not only help us meet our environmental goals, but also advance business development opportunities for members of underserved communities.”
More information is available here.