ACT NO. 128
Conservation; beverage container redemption; bottle bill
This act amends the state's beverage container redemption program ("bottle bill") to increase the minimum retailer or redemption center handling fee to 3.5 cents per container. It repeals a requirement that specific signs be posted to inform the public of the hours during which a business will redeem containers. It provides that beverage container distributors need not accept containers from retailers who do not sell their product. It allows a retailer or redemption center to refuse to redeem containers that were not purchased in the state. Regarding the role of the secretary of natural resources in authorizing the establishment of a new redemption center, the act allows the secretary to forego holding a public hearing on the issue, and provides that the secretary shall not certify a new redemption center from July 1, 2006 through July 1, 2007 unless the area is currently underserved. The act repeals requirements that beverage containers be refillable. It provides that no person shall knowingly attempt to redeem a container to a retailer or a redemption center for deposit return if that container was purchased outside the state. Finally, the act requires the secretary of natural resources, with the cooperation and assistance of specified interested parties, to make recommendations to specified committees of the general assembly. First, on or before January 15, 2007 the secretary, with this assistance, is to submit recommendations that address at least the following: a review the handling fee system and the associated costs and revenues; the feasibility of instituting a two-tiered fee based on co-mingling agreements; the costs and benefits of the deposit-redemption system; and the disposition of unredeemed deposits collected on beverage containers. In addition, by no later than January 15, 2008 the secretary, with this assistance, is required to submit recommendations regarding the scope of beverage containers to be included under the bottle bill.
Effective Date: July 1, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street