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Source: East Haven Patch

Major Container Redemption Center To Close In East Haven

The state licensed facility collects and recycles approximately 16 million bottles and cans every year.


Posted: August 2, 2017
Originally Published: August 1, 2017

EAST HAVEN, CT — Today SARAH Inc. announced it will be closing the doors at its East Haven container redemption center on Friday, Sept. 29 announced Louis W. Burch, who is the Connecticut Program Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

In a news release, the operators blame rising overhead costs, combined with the fact that handling fees paid to the redemption centers by beverage distributors have not been increased in more than 30 years, for their failure.

The state licensed facility collects and recycles approximately 16 million bottles and cans every year, and employs individuals from around the community with intellectual and other disabilities.

In response to the announcement, CCE’s Connecticut Program Director, Louis W. Burch, offered the following statement: “We are very frustrated to learn the redemption center in East Haven is closing its doors. This facility was a shining example of why the container deposit works and is so important to the public and environment of Connecticut. Not only does SARAH perform the important role of collecting and processing recyclables to keep our streets and open spaces clean; they also support hundreds of disabled and low income families in our community. It’s a significant loss for recycling in CT and it’s a loss for working families and disabled individuals as well.

"The most troubling aspect of this announcement is that it should have been avoided. Legislators in Hartford failed to pass a critical bill this year that would have updated our state’s Container Deposit Law (aka the Bottle Bill), and increase handling fees paid to our state’s struggling redemption centers. After more than 30 years of failing to keep handling fees in line with inflation and rising costs, it’s no surprise that this facility, and others, are closing their doors. SARAH was an important member of East Haven’s recycling community and should not be going out of business. Today, we call upon legislators to modernize our bottle deposit law before this happens to other valued employers in our community," Burch's statement concludes.