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An act relating to increasing the beverage container handler’s fee and an ongoing evaluation of the bottle redemption system.

The House proposes to the Senate to amend the bill as follows:

     By striking Sec. 6 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:


(a)  The secretary of natural resources with the cooperation and assistance of interested parties, including representatives of distributors, retailers, stand alone redemption centers, beverage retailers with redemption centers, beverage manufacturers, environmental protection organizations, solid waste districts, the solid waste industry and the department of liquor control shall make recommendations to the senate committee on finance, the house committee on ways and means and the house and senate committees on natural resources and energy.  The secretary shall propose specific recommendations to improve further the beverage container deposit-redemption system established by chapter 53 of Title 10.  The evaluation and recommendations shall address at least the following issues:

(1)  on or before January 15, 2007:

(A)  a review of the handling fee system and the associated costs and revenues;

(B)  the feasibility of instituting a two-tiered fee based on co-mingling agreements;

(C) the costs and benefits of the deposit-redemption system;

(D) the disposition of unredeemed deposits collected on beverage containers;

(2) and on or before January 15, 2008:

(A)  the scope of beverage containers to be included under the bottle bill.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont