Connecticut Seal

General Assembly



January Session, 2017

LCO No. 7818



Offered by:


SEN. KENNEDY, 12th Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 996

File No. 417

Cal. No. 212


Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall convene a working group on Connecticut's recycling and beverage container redemption programs. Such working group shall include representatives of the following industries, organizations and interests: (1) Municipalities, (2) the noncarbonated beverage industry, (3) municipal recycling programs, (4) beer wholesalers, (5) chain food stores in the state, (6) the carbonated beverage industry, (7) independent food retailers in the state, (8) state-based environmental groups with expertise in recycling, (9) the recycling, collection and processing industry, (10) glass recyclers, (11) metal recyclers, and (12) newspaper, cardboard and boxboard recyclers.

(b) The working group shall: (1) Examine, review and analyze the beverage container redemption law in this state to assess its efficacy in achieving Connecticut's recycling goals and in promoting the use and reuse of materials in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, including, but not limited to, the costs and benefits of such law, and any alternatives to such law, to Connecticut's environment, consumers, retailers, deposit initiators and municipalities; (2) evaluate the state of current recycling programs in Connecticut and the opportunities for improving their performance through the implementation of universal access to recycling, enhanced municipal and state recycling programs, or producer responsibility programs and the deployment of best practices in recycling in households, workplaces and public spaces, including an analysis of the incremental costs and benefits of universal recycling access, enhanced municipal and state recycling programs and producer responsibility programs for the environment, consumers, recycling industries and municipalities; (3) assess the transition costs of moving from the state's beverage container deposit law to universal recycling access, enhanced municipal and state recycling programs or producer responsibility programs, including, but not limited to, effects on redemption centers in the state; (4) develop guidelines for the development of enhanced litter prevention programs and control efforts in the state; (5) assess funding options, including replacement of the deposit law with permanent or sunsetting nonrefundable fees or product stewardship fees; and (6) analyze alternative methods of collecting container glass, metal and other designated recyclable items for recycling and reuse, while recognizing unique challenges, including all costs, posed by handling and recycling such glass, metal and designated recyclable items.

(c) In undertaking the responsibilities described in subsection (b) of this section, the working group shall consider the recycling programs and laws, including, but not limited to, beverage container laws, of other states and countries.

(d) The commissioner shall convene such working group not later than July 1, 2017. The commissioner shall serve as the chairperson of such working group.

(e) Not later than February 1, 2018, the commissioner shall submit a status report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment, general law and finance, revenue and bonding detailing the efforts of such working group and describing any legislative recommendations that such working group proposes. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section