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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2017

LCO No. 8226

   
 

*HB0561808226HRO*

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REP. PISCOPO, 76th Dist.

 

To: House Bill No. 5618

File No. 383

Cal. No. 278

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

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study Connecticut's recycling and beverage container redemption programs. The task force shall: (1) Examine, review and analyze the beverage container redemption law in this state to assess its efficacy in achieving Connecticut's recycling goals and in promoting the use and reuse of materials in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, including, but not limited to, the costs and benefits of such law to Connecticut's environment, consumers, retailers, deposit initiators, and municipalities; (2) evaluate the state of current recycling programs in Connecticut and the opportunities for improving their performance through the implementation of universal access to recycling and deployment of best practices in recycling in households, workplaces and public spaces, including an analysis of the incremental costs and benefits of universal recycling access for the environment, consumers, recycling industries and municipalities; (3) assess the transition costs of moving from the state's beverage container deposit law to universal recycling access and enhanced litter prevention and control efforts in the state and funding options including replacement of the deposit law with nonrefundable fees; and (4) analyze alternative methods of collecting container glass for recycling and reuse, recognizing the unique challenges posed by handling and recycling glass including integrating all glass containers into the universal recycling system or establishing a separate system for glass including a glass-only deposit system for some or all container glass. Such analysis of glass recycling options shall consider relative levels of recovery of alternatives, system costs and costs per ton and shall consider costs of the entire system from consumer to sale to end-use market.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall represent the noncarbonated beverage industry and one of whom shall represent municipal recycling programs;

(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one of whom shall represent beer wholesalers and one who shall represent chain food stores in the state;

(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives who shall represent the carbonated beverage industry;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate who shall represent independent food retailers in the state;

(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives who shall represent a state-based environmental group with expertise in recycling;

(6) One appointed by the Senate Republican president pro tempore who shall represent the recycling, collection and processing industry;

(7) One appointed by the Deputy Senate Republican president pro tempore who shall represent glass recyclers; and

(8) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), or (7) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than December 31, 2017, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment, finance and revenue, beverages and licensed wholesalers and retailers subject to beverage container redemption laws. Such report shall include, but need not be limited to, any recommended legislation to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations developed pursuant to such study. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or December 1, 2017, whichever is later. "

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

Section 1

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