New Jersey

Assembly Bill 2281

Bill Number and Name New Jersey Assembly Bill 2281
The “Smart Container Act” – Proposed Container Deposit Legislation
Primary Sponsor Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle

Activity

04/04/2016 Scheduled hearing with Environmental and Solid Waste Committee
02/04/2016 Introduced, referred to the Assembly Environmental and Solid Waste Committee

Summary

This bill will enact a beverage container redemption program in which consumers can refund empty, recyclable bottles (for example: glass containers, aluminum cans, plastic water bottles, etc.) to redemption centers for a specific value.

Beverages Covered

  • Carbonated
  • Noncarbonated
  • Beer and Wine
  • Non-alcoholic

Excluded Beverages

  • Milk
  • Non-dairy alternative
  • Liquor

 

Deposits and Fees

An empty container with the volume of equal to or more than 8 oz and less than 24 oz will have a refund value of 10 cents. An empty container with the volume of equal than or more than 24oz and less than one gallon (or 3.8 L), will have a refund value of 20 cents.

  • Distributors pay the initial deposit on each full beverage container to be sold in New Jersey
  • 75% of unredeemed/unclaimed deposits will be deposited into an environmental fund; 25% redistributed to retailers and redemption centers by the NJ state treasurer as reimbursement

Redemption System

Return to retail and redemption center- redemption centers must make cash refunds to consumers and retailers

Penalties

Violations of this law may be punished by civil action commenced by a local board of health, a health department, or the commissioner and can be liable for a penalty of no more than $500 per day.

  • Each day that the violation continues, it will be constituted as an additional, separate and distinct offense proceeded through a separate Penalty Enforcement Law
Updated May 5, 2016

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