ACT NO. 123
Conservation; bottle bill; commingling
This act enables the secretary of natural resources to adopt rules to assure that unlabeled beverage containers are not redeemed; to ensure the commingling of containers; to penalize redemption centers or retailers for failing to remove unlabeled containers; and to otherwise implement the redemption program. It provides that retailers and redemption centers shall be entitled to reimbursement of three and one-half cents per container for containers that are commingled and four cents per container for containers that are not commingled. It makes it clear that retailers shall not redeem unlabeled containers and that distributors are required to pick up only labeled containers.
The act requires that manufacturers or distributors of beverage containers be registered with the state prior to any sale not conducted by the department of liquor control. Registration information includes whether the beverage is part of an approved commingling agreement and whether someone other than the manufacturer is going to be picking up the containers. The act enables a redemption center operator to obtain a redemption center certification, which will require participation in an approved commingling agreement if the center redeems more than 250,000 containers per year. It allows the secretary of natural resources to adopt procedures that would implement requirements for commingling beverage containers and that would establish penalties for failure to remove unlabeled containers as part of a pilot program that expires on July 1, 2010. The secretary shall report by January 15, 2010 on the implementation of the commingling program, the implementation of an auditing program, and the results of a redemption center survey regarding whether the program has achieved cost efficiencies.
Effective Date: July 1, 2008.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street