Maryland

House Bill 982

Bill Number and Name House Bill 982; Maryland
Redeemable Beverage Container & Litter Reduction Program
Primary Sponsor Delegates Frush, Lafferty, & Morhaim

Activity

H 02/13/2015 First Reading Environment and Transportation and Economic Matters
H 03/04/2015 Hearing at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)

Beverages Covered

Beer & other malt beverages, liquor, wine, carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, flavored and unflavored bottled water, fruit juice, sports drinks, & tea and coffee drinks regardless of dairy-derived content.

Deposits and Fees

  • Deposit: $0.05 refundable deposit on container of sizes between 8 and 101 fluid ounces.
  • Processing cost: Maryland Beverage Recycling Organization will pay a processing cost of $0.03 per redeemable beverage container to a distributor, bottler, private label distributor, or participating retailer.
  • Unredeemed deposit: deposit of $30 million from unredeemed deposits collected from the program’s first two years of operation will go into the Reserve Recycling Fund administered by the state treasurer; deposit $2 million annually from unredeemed deposits into the Redeemable Beverage Container Environmental Grant Program

Redemption System

  • Return to retail - retailers greater than 5,000 square feet in size that sell beverages must make cash refunds to consumers

Penalties

  • No penalties are included in the bill.

 

Senate Bill 684

Bill Number and Name Senate Bill 684; Maryland
Redeemable Beverage Container & Litter Reduction Program
Primary Sponsor Senators Ferguson, Madaleno,
Montgomery, & Raskin

Activity

S 02/06/2015 First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
S 03/10/2015 Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.

Beverages Covered

Beer & other malt beverages, liquor, wine, carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, flavored and unflavored bottled water, fruit juice, sports drinks, & tea and coffee drinks regardless of dairy-derived content.

Deposits and Fees

  • Deposit: $0.05 refundable deposit on container of sizes between 8 and 101 fluid ounces.
  • Processing cost: Maryland Beverage Recycling Organization will pay a processing cost of $0.03 per redeemable beverage container to a distributor, bottler, private label distributor, or participating retailer.
  • Unredeemed deposit: deposit of $30 million from unredeemed deposits collected from the program’s first two years of operation will go into the Reserve Recycling Fund administered by the state treasurer; deposit $2 million annually from unredeemed deposits into the Redeemable Beverage Container Environmental Grant Program

 

Redemption System

  • Return to retail - retailers greater than 5,000 square feet in size that sell beverages must make cash refunds to consumers

Penalties

  • No penalties are included in the bill.
Updated March 12, 2015

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