Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 383

    January Session, 2017

House Bill No. 5618

House of Representatives, April 4, 2017

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. DEMICCO of the 21st Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCREASE IN THE HANDLING FEE FOR BOTTLE REDEMPTION CENTERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (d) of section 22a-245 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(d) In addition to the refund value of a beverage container, a distributor shall pay to any dealer or operator of a redemption center a handling fee of at least [one] two and one-half cents for each container of beer or other malt beverage and [two] three cents for each beverage container of mineral waters, soda water and similar carbonated soft drinks or noncarbonated beverage returned for redemption. A distributor shall not be required to pay to a manufacturer the refund value of a nonrefillable beverage container.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

22a-245(d)

ENV

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill increases the handling fee for certain beverage containers. This does not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities as this fee is paid directly to the third-party handlers.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5618

AN ACT CONCERNING AN INCREASE IN THE HANDLING FEE FOR BOTTLE REDEMPTION CENTERS.

SUMMARY

This bill increases, by one cent each, the handling fees for beverage containers redeemed under the state's bottle redemption law. It increases, from 1.5 cents to 2.5 cents, the minimum fee for containers of beer and other malt beverages, and from two cents to three cents, the minimum fee for containers of mineral water, soda and carbonated soft drinks, and water. By law, distributors pay handling fees to dealers and redemption center operators. Beverage containers include certain glass, metal, and plastic bottles, cans, jars, and cartons.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/22/2017)

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