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Since Connecticut increased the 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans to 10 cents on Jan. 1, the state’s bottle and can redemption centers — many located at grocery stores — are seeing unprecedented demand.
In an effort to meet the demand, more than a dozen redemption centers are under development, according to one estimate, which would nearly double the industry’s capacity. There are 16 bulk redemption centers currently licensed to operate in the state.
However, members of a statewide food retailers association worry that certain parts of the state still have no local bulk redemption facilities — including heavily populated municipalities — and that grocery stores and other businesses will be overwhelmed by the higher volume of bottles and cans.
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