Hawaii Bottle Bill History

  Original Law 2007 Expansion Current Law
Name Solid Waste Management; Deposit Beverage Container Law (Act 176)
Purpose To increase participation and recycling rates for specified deposit beverage containers, provide a connection between manufacturing decisions and recycling program management, and reduce litter.
Enacted 6/25/2002 6/10/2007  
Implemented 1/1/2005 3/1/2008  
Beverages Covered Beer, mixed spirits, mixed wine, coffee & teas, carbonated soft drinks, water. Excludes dairy, wine, and liquor   Beer, mixed spirits, mixed wine, coffee & teas, carbonated soft drinks, water. Excludes dairy, wine, and liquor
Containers Covered Metal, glass, PET, or HDPE container Added 2-liter containers (64-68 oz) labeled with HI-5 refund value Metal, glass, PET, or HDPE container containing sixty-four fluid ounces or less
Amount of Deposit  
Redemption Rate    

Redemption rate of 72% in fiscal year 2008[q]
Redemption rate reported as 79% in November 2009(o)

Reclamation System State certified redemption centers (RC), see note [c] State certified redemption centers (RC), see note [c]
Unredeemed Deposits Property of state: used for program administration   Property of state: used for program administration
Handling Fee   Variable fee of 2–4¢ paid to redemption centers from the Deposit Beverage Container Fund. [r]
Other Fees 1-1.5¢ non-refundable container fee (added to price of beverage) paid to the state. See note [d]   1-1.5¢ non-refundable container fee (added to price of beverage) paid to the state. [d]
Program success     Redemption rate of 76% in fiscal year 2010[q]
View Legislation     Hawaii Beverage Container Deposit Law
Notes redemption centers must submit reports regularly, Refund may be calculated by weight    

Footnotes

[c] Retailer exemptions vary depending on local population density, proximity to a redemption center, and store size.

[d] Fee funds redemption center operations. Fee based on the previous quarter's recycling rate: if previous quarter's rate is less than 70%, the fee is 1¢/container, otherwise 1.5¢

[o] Source: Amelia Hicks, Hawaii DOH

[q] Source: Hawaii Department of Health. "HI-5 Recycling Program Redemption Rate Remains High at 76 Percent; No Container Fee Increase." August 4, 2010

[r] 4¢ for glass to be used in remanufacturing applications, 2¢ for glass to be used in construction & agriculture applications. Source: Hawaii Department of Health. "Handling Fee Adjustment For Glass Deposit Containers." September 9, 2008
Handling fees for aluminum, bi-metal, and plastic are 2¢ for Oahu and 3¢ for neighbor islands. Source: email communication with Jennifer Tosaki. July 6, 2010