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H.232

Introduced by   Representative Pugh of S. Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; beverage container; bottle bill; nondairy beverages

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to expand the scope of the beverage container deposit law to include wine and all nonalcoholic carbonated or noncarbonated drinks, except for unflavored rice milk, unflavored soy milk, milk, and dairy‑derived products.  This bill also proposes to increase the minimum beverage container deposit from five cents to ten cents per container.

AN ACT RELATING TO EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF THE BOTTLE BILL AND INCREASING THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 1521(1) is amended to read:

(1)  “Beverage” means beer or other malt beverages and mineral waters, mixed wine drink, wine, spirits, soda water and, carbonated soft drinks, noncarbonated water, and all nonalcoholic carbonated or noncarbonated drinks in liquid form and intended for human consumption, except for unflavored rice milk, unflavored soy milk, milk, and dairy-derived products.  As of January 1, 1990, “beverage” also shall mean liquor.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 1522(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Except with respect to beverage containers which contain liquor, a deposit of not less than five ten cents shall be paid by the consumer on each beverage container sold at the retail level and refunded to the consumer upon return of the empty beverage container.  With respect to beverage containers of volume greater than 50 ml. which contain liquor, a deposit of fifteen 15 cents shall be paid by the consumer on each beverage container sold at the retail level and refunded to the consumer upon return of the empty beverage container.  The difference between liquor bottle deposits collected and refunds made is hereby retained by the liquor control fund for administration of this subsection.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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