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Hawaii Revised Statutes, Volume 6, Chapter 342G, Part 8

Deposit Beverage Container Program

 

L 2004, c 241, §13 provides:

  "SECTION 13.  Unless modified hereafter pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the following definition shall supersede the current definition of "recycling drop-off facility" as it appears in title 11, chapter 58.1, Hawaii Administrative Rules:

  "Recycling drop-off facility" means a structure or site designated for collection and small scale (low technology) segregation of recyclable materials.  The staffed or unstaffed site will receive and temporarily store "dropped-off" recyclable materials."

  Sixty-eight-fluid-ounce deposit beverage containers.  L 2007, c 285, §§11 and 12 provide:

  "SECTION 11.  The department of health shall phase-in all requirements affecting the redemption of sixty-eight-fluid-ounce containers, beginning December 1, 2007, as follows; provided that the phase-in shall be completed by March 1, 2008:

  (1) From December 1, 2007, distributors of deposit beverage containers may begin marking sixty-eight-fluid-ounce deposit beverage containers as required under section [342G-112(a)], Hawaii Revised Statutes;

  (2) From December 1, 2007, until March 1, 2008, a sixty-eight-fluid-ounce deposit beverage container may be redeemed under the deposit beverage container program, without regard to whether the container bears the refund value of the container and the word "Hawaii" or the letters "HI", required by section 342G‑112(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes;

  (3) Beginning March 1, 2008, every deposit beverage container holding up to sixty-eight fluid ounces and sold in the State shall be marked as required under section 342G-112(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes; and

  (4) Beginning March 1, 2008, only deposit beverage containers meeting the requirements of section 342G‑112(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be eligible for redemption.

  SECTION 12.  (a)  The legislature finds that the public interest in protecting the environment takes precedence over the delay in implementation of redemption of sixty-eight-fluid-ounce beverage containers under this Act.  The legislature finds that the redemption rate is below the balance of the deposit beverage container deposit special fund.

  (b)  The department of health shall reimburse a redemption center, from the deposit beverage container deposit special fund, the refund values paid to a redeemer, as defined in section 342G-101, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for sixty-eight-fluid-ounce containers redeemed between December 1, 2007, and March 1, 2008, pursuant to section 11 of this Act; provided that a redemption center shall provide collection reports under section 342G-119, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the sixty-eight-fluid-ounce beverage containers."

 

     §342G-101  Definitions.  As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise:

     "Auditor" means the office of the auditor.

     "Commercial passenger vessel" means any domestic or foreign-flagged marine vessel or air carrier used primarily for transporting persons to, from, or within the State.  The term does not include:

     (1)  Marine vessels authorized to carry fewer than fifty passengers; or

     (2)  Marine vessels for hire that do not provide overnight accommodations for at least fifty passengers, determined with reference to the number of lower berths and based on an average of two persons per cabin.

     "Consumer" means a person who buys a beverage in a deposit beverage container for use or consumption and pays the deposit.

     "Dealer" means a person who engages in the sale of beverages in deposit beverage containers to a consumer for off-premises consumption in the State.

     "Department" means the department of health.

     "Deposit beverage" means beer, ale, or other drink produced by fermenting malt, mixed spirits, mixed wine, tea and coffee drinks regardless of dairy-derived product content, soda, or noncarbonated water, and all nonalcoholic drinks in liquid form and intended for internal human consumption that is contained in a deposit beverage container.

     The term "deposit beverage" excludes the following:

     (1)  A liquid which is:

         (A)  A syrup;

         (B)  In a concentrated form; or

         (C)  Typically added as a minor flavoring ingredient in food or drink, such as extracts, cooking additives, sauces, or condiments;

     (2)  A liquid which is a drug, medical food or infant formula as defined by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. §301 et seq.);

     (3)  A liquid which is designed and consumed only as a dietary supplement and not as a beverage as defined in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-417);

     (4)  Products frozen at the time of sale to the consumer, or, in the case of institutional users such as hospitals and nursing homes, at the time of sale to the users;

     (5)  Products designed to be consumed in a frozen state;

     (6)  Instant drink powders;

     (7)  Seafood, meat, or vegetable broths, or soups, but not juices; and

     (8)  Milk and all other dairy-derived products, except tea and coffee drinks with trace amounts of these products.

     "Deposit beverage container" means the individual, separate, sealed glass, polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, or metal container less than or equal to sixty-eight fluid ounces, used for containing, at the time of sale to the consumer, a deposit beverage intended for use or consumption in this State.

     "Deposit beverage distributor" means a person who is a manufacturer of beverages in deposit beverage containers in this State, or who imports and engages in the sale of filled deposit beverage containers to a dealer or consumer.  The term includes federal agencies and military distributors, but does not include airlines and shipping companies that merely transport deposit beverage containers.

     "Import" means to buy, bring, or accept delivery of deposit beverage containers from an address, supplier, or any entity outside of the State.

     "Importer" means any person who buys, brings, or accepts delivery of deposit beverage containers from outside the State for sale or use within the State.

     "On-premises consumption" means the consuming of deposit beverages by a patron immediately and within the area under control of the establishment, including bars, restaurants, passenger ships, and airplanes.

     "Patron" means a person who buys a beverage in a deposit beverage container for use or consumption and does not pay the deposit.

     "Person" means individual, partnership, firm, association, public or private corporation, federal agency, the State or any of its political subdivisions, trust, estate, or any other legal entity.

     "Recycling facility" means all contiguous land and structures and other appurtenances, and improvements on the land used for the collection, separation, recovery, and sale [or] reuse of secondary resources that would otherwise be disposed of as municipal solid waste, and is an integral part of a manufacturing process aimed at producing a marketable product made of postconsumer material.

     "Redeemer" means a person, other than a dealer or distributor, who demands the refund value in exchange for the empty deposit beverage container.

     "Redemption center" means an operation which accepts from consumers and provides the refund value for empty deposit beverage containers intended to be recycled and ensures that the empty deposit beverage containers are properly recycled.

     "Redemption rate" means the percentage of deposit beverage containers redeemed over a reporting period.  The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of deposit beverage containers redeemed by the number of deposit beverage containers sold and then multiplying that number by one hundred.

     "Refillable beverage container" means any deposit beverage container which ordinarily would be returned to the manufacturer to be refilled and resold.

     "Reverse vending machine" means a mechanical device, which accepts one or more types of empty deposit beverage containers and issues a redeemable credit slip with a value not less than the container's refund value.  The refund value payments shall be aggregated and then paid if more than one container is redeemed in a single transaction. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §2; am L 2005, c 206, §2; am L 2007, c 285, §2]

[§342G-101.5]  Commercial passenger vessels; exemption.  (a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this part, this part shall not apply to a deposit beverage container that is sold or delivered to an entity operating a commercial passenger vessel when the deposit beverage container is intended for use and consumption on the commercial passenger vessel.  The entity operating the commercial passenger vessel shall be exempt from this part only if it has a deposit beverage container recycling plan prescribed or approved by the department.

     (b)  Recycling plans shall be submitted to the department and shall include the name and address of the recycling facility that is accepting the empty deposit beverage containers.

     (c)  Deposit beverage containers covered under this exemption shall not be redeemed for the refund value or handling fee. [L 2005, c 206, §1]

§342G-102  Deposit beverage container fee.  (a)  Beginning on October 1, 2002, every deposit beverage distributor shall pay to the department a deposit beverage container fee on each polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, or metal deposit beverage container manufactured in or imported into the State.  The fee shall be imposed only once on the same deposit beverage container.  The fee shall be 0.5 cents per deposit beverage container.

     (b)  Beginning on October 1, 2004, every deposit beverage distributor shall pay to the department a deposit beverage container fee on each deposit beverage container manufactured in or imported into the State.  The deposit beverage container fee shall not apply to deposit beverage containers exported for sale outside of the State.  The fee shall be imposed only once on the same deposit beverage container.  The fee shall be 1 cent per deposit beverage container.

     (c)  No county shall impose or collect any assessment or fee on deposit beverage containers for the same or similar purpose that is the subject of this chapter.

     (d)  Beginning January 1, 2005, and every August 1 thereafter, the department shall notify deposit beverage distributors in writing of the amount of the deposit beverage container fee.  The effective date of changes to the fee amount shall be September 1.  The fee shall be based on the redemption rate calculated annually based on the redemption rate information submitted to the department for the previous period of July 1 through June 30.  The fee amount shall be as follows:

     (1)  If the redemption rate is seventy per cent or less:  1 cent per container; and

     (2)  If the redemption rate is greater than seventy per cent:  1.5 cents per container.

     (e)  The director may temporarily suspend an automatic increase of the deposit beverage container fee if, after consultation with the auditor, it is determined that the deposit beverage container deposit special fund contains sufficient funds for the purposes of section 342G-104(b). [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §3; am L 2007, c 285, §3]

§342G-102.5  Reverse vending machine rebate program; standards.  [Section repealed on June 30, 2009.  L 2006, c 231, §2.]  (a)  The department shall provide a rebate of fifty per cent of the actual cost of each reverse vending machine, including shipping and general excise tax, purchased by a person:

     (1)  That agrees to maintain operations as a certified redemption center for a minimum period of two years; or

     (2)  That is serviced by a recycler that is a certified redemption center; and

     (3)  That has entered into a service agreement with the recycler for a minimum period of two years;

provided that rebates shall not exceed $3,000,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year.

     (b)  A rebate provided under this section shall be granted for a reverse vending machine that:

     (1)  Is installed and operational by December 31, 2007;

     (2)  Is accessible to the general public; and

     (3)  Tenders vouchers or receipts for the returned containers that are redeemable by the person at a location on the person's premises that is accessible to the general public.

     (c)  An application for a rebate shall be made to the department on forms provided by the department to certify eligibility for a rebate.  The application shall contain information determined by the department to be required, including:

     (1)  The applicant's name;

     (2)  The location where each reverse vending machine will be installed and operated;

     (3)  A projection of the number of customers expected to use each reverse vending machine;

     (4)  The requested rebate amount;

     (5)  Proof of certification of the applicant's redemption center or, in the case of a person that is serviced by a recycler, the executed service agreement between the recycler and the person; and

     (6)  The projected installation date of each reverse vending machine.

     (d)  The person or contracted recycler providing the certified redemption service shall comply with all rules of the department.  A person or contracted recycler found by the department to be not in compliance with the department's rules shall reimburse the department for the full amount of the rebate.  The department may institute an action pursuant to chapter 91 to recover any rebate paid under this section if the person, or the recycler that has a contract with the person to service the reverse vending machine, fails to comply with the requirements of this part or any rule adopted pursuant to it.

     (e)  Amounts received under this section shall not be treated as income for purposes of chapter 235 or gross proceeds or gross income for purposes of chapter 237.

     (f)  A reverse vending machine shall not be considered a depreciable asset and no person may claim depreciation therefor, at least to the extent that the reverse vending machine has been purchased with rebate funds.

     (g)  Any person receiving funding to cover the cost of purchase for reverse vending machines through the redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program under section 342G‑114.5 shall not be eligible for this rebate.

     (h)  The director shall include in the deposit beverage container program annual report to the legislature, a report on the reverse vending machine rebate program. [L 2005, c 228, pt of §2, §6(1); am L 2006, c 231, §1]

  Actions initiated pursuant to §342G-102.5(e) shall be allowed to continue until resolved.  L 2005, c 228, §6(2); L 2006, c 231, §2.

 

[§342G-103]  Deposit beverage distributors; registration, recordkeeping requirements.  (a)  By September 1, 2002, all deposit beverage distributors operating within the State shall register with the department, using forms prescribed by the department, and shall notify the department of any change in address or other information previously submitted.  After September 1, 2002, any person who desires to conduct business in the State as a deposit beverage distributor shall register with the department no later than one month prior to the commencement of the business.

     (b)  All deposit beverage distributors shall maintain records reflecting the manufacture of their beverages in deposit beverage containers as well as the importation and exportation of deposit beverage containers.  The records shall be made available, upon request, for inspection by the department; provided that any proprietary information obtained by the department shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed to any other person, except:

     (1)  As may be reasonably required in an administrative or judicial proceeding to enforce any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter; or

     (2)  Under an order issued by a court or administrative agency hearings officer. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

§342G-104  Deposit into deposit beverage container deposit special fund; use of funds.  (a)  There is established in the state treasury the deposit beverage container deposit special fund, into which shall be deposited:

     (1)  All revenues generated from the deposit beverage container fee as described under sections 342G-102 and 342G-105;

     (2)  All revenues generated from the deposit beverage container deposit as described under sections 342G-105 and 342G-110; and

     (3)  All accrued interest from the fund.

     (b)  [Repeal and reenactment on June 30, 2009.  L 2006, c 231, §2.]  Moneys in the deposit beverage container deposit special fund shall be used to reimburse refund values, pay handling fees to redemption centers, fund the reverse vending machine rebate program under section 342G-102.5, and fund the redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program established pursuant to section 342G-114.5.  The department may also use the money to:

     (1)  Fund administrative, audit, and compliance activities associated with collection and payment of the deposits and handling fees of the deposit beverage container program;

     (2)  Conduct recycling education and demonstration projects;

     (3)  Promote recyclable market development activities;

     (4)  Support the handling and transportation of the deposit beverage containers to end-markets;

     (5)  Hire personnel to oversee the implementation of the deposit beverage container program, including permitting and enforcement activities; and

     (6)  Fund associated office expenses.

     (c)  Any funds that accumulate in the deposit beverage container deposit special fund shall be retained in the fund unless determined by the auditor to be in excess, after adjustments to the deposit beverage fee, pursuant to the management and financial audits conducted in accordance with section 342G-107. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §4; am L 2005, c 228, §§3, 6(1)]

§342G-104  Deposit into deposit beverage container deposit special fund; use of funds.  (a)  There is established in the state treasury the deposit beverage container deposit special fund, into which shall be deposited:

     (1)  All revenues generated from the deposit beverage container fee as described under sections 342G-102 and 342G-105;

     (2)  All revenues generated from the deposit beverage container deposit as described under sections 342G-105 and 342G-110; and

     (3)  All accrued interest from the fund.

     (b)  [Repeal and reenactment on June 30, 2009.  L 2006, c 231, §2.]  Moneys in the deposit beverage container deposit special fund shall be used to reimburse refund values, pay handling fees to redemption centers, fund the reverse vending machine rebate program under section 342G-102.5, and fund the redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program established pursuant to section 342G-114.5.  The department may also use the money to:

     (1)  Fund administrative, audit, and compliance activities associated with collection and payment of the deposits and handling fees of the deposit beverage container program;

     (2)  Conduct recycling education and demonstration projects;

     (3)  Promote recyclable market development activities;

     (4)  Support the handling and transportation of the deposit beverage containers to end-markets;

     (5)  Hire personnel to oversee the implementation of the deposit beverage container program, including permitting and enforcement activities; and

     (6)  Fund associated office expenses.

     (c)  Any funds that accumulate in the deposit beverage container deposit special fund shall be retained in the fund unless determined by the auditor to be in excess, after adjustments to the deposit beverage fee, pursuant to the management and financial audits conducted in accordance with section 342G-107. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §4; am L 2005, c 228, §§3, 6(1)]

[§342G-106]  Contract for administrative services.  The department may contract the services of a third party to administer the deposit beverage container program under this part. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-107]  Management and financial audit.  The auditor shall conduct a management and financial audit of the program for fiscal years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, and for each fiscal year thereafter ending in an even-numbered year.  The auditor shall submit the audit report, including the amount of unredeemed refund value and recommendations, to the legislature and the department no later than twenty days prior to the convening of [the] next regular session.  The costs incurred by the auditor for the audit shall be reimbursed by the deposit beverage container program special fund.  The auditor may contract the audit services of a third party to conduct the audit. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-109]  Rules; commencement.  The department may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 as may be necessary for the purposes of this part.  Full implementation of the deposit beverage container deposit program shall commence no later than January 1, 2005. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-110]  Payment and application of deposits.  (a)  By January 1, 2005, every deposit beverage container sold in this State shall have a refund value of 5 cents.  Each container shall have the refund value clearly indicated on it as provided in section 342G-112.

     (b)  The refund value is the amount of the deposit required.  Once a refund value has been applied to a deposit beverage container, the deposit on that container may not be changed and shall be paid to the State.

     (c)  The deposit on each filled deposit beverage container shall be paid by the deposit beverage distributor, who manufactures or imports beverages in deposit beverage containers.  Payment and reporting of the deposits shall be in accordance with section 342G-105.  The deposits shall be deposited into the deposit beverage container deposit special fund as described in section 342G-104.

     (d)  Deposit beverage distributors who are required under subsection (c) to pay a deposit shall also pay a deposit beverage container fee and register with the State. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

§342G-111  Sales of beverages in deposit beverage containers; distributor report; fee and deposit payment.  (a)  By January 1, 2005, every deposit beverage distributor who pays a deposit to the department shall charge the dealer or consumer a deposit equal to the refund value for each deposit beverage container sold in Hawaii.  The deposit charge may appear as a separate line item on the invoice.

     (b)  Each dealer shall charge the consumer the deposit beverage container deposit at the point of sale of the beverage, excluding sales for on-premises consumption.  The deposit charge may appear as a separate line item on the invoice.

     (c)  Each deposit beverage distributor shall generate and submit to the department a monthly report on the net number of deposit beverage containers sold, donated, or transferred by container size and type.  All information contained in the reports, including confidential commercial and financial information, shall be treated as confidential and protected to the extent allowed by state law.

     (d)  Payment of the deposit beverage container fee and deposits as described in section 342G-110 shall be made monthly based on reports of the deposit beverage distributors under subsection (c).

     (e)  Beginning January 1, 2005, a deposit beverage distributor who annually imports or manufactures one hundred thousand or fewer deposit beverage containers may submit reports and payments required under subsections (c) and (d) on a semi-annual basis; provided that the semi-annual report and payment period shall end on June 30 and December 31 of each year.

     (f)  The amount due from a deposit beverage distributor shall be the net number of deposit beverage containers sold multiplied by the sum of the prevailing deposit beverage container fee and the deposit value of 5 cents.  Payment shall be made by check or money order payable to the "Department of Health, State of Hawaii".  All reports and payments shall be made no later than the fifteenth day of the month following the end of the previous payment period.

     (g)  The department may allow dealers to charge customers the refund value beginning November 1, 2004; provided that the deposit beverage containers are clearly marked with the refund value and the deposit beverage distributor has paid the refund value on each container to the department.  The dealer shall inform customers that the deposits paid prior to January 1, 2005, shall not be redeemable until January 1, 2005. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §5; am L 2007, c 285, §5]

§342G‑112  Deposit beverage container requirements.  (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), every deposit beverage container sold in the State shall clearly indicate the refund value of the container and the word "Hawaii" or the letters "HI".  The names or letters representing the names of other states with comparable deposit legislation may also be included in the indication of refund value.  The refund value on every deposit beverage container shall be clearly, prominently, and indelibly marked by painting, printing, scratch embossing, raised letter embossing, or securely affixed stickers and shall be affixed on the top or side of the container in letters at least one-eighth inch in size.

     (b)  Subsection (a) shall not apply to any type of refillable glass deposit beverage container that has a brand name permanently marked on it and that has the equivalent of a refund value of at least 5 cents, which is paid upon receipt of the container by a dealer or deposit beverage distributor.

     (c)  Containers that do not meet the definition of a deposit beverage container, as specified in section 342G-101, shall not indicate "Hawaii" or "HI" on the container. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §6; am L 2007, c 285, §6]

Note

  Interim requirements for sixty-eight-fluid-ounce deposit beverage containers.  See note at head of this part.

§342G-113  Redemption of empty deposit beverage containers.  (a)  Except as provided in subsection (b), a dealer shall:

     (1)  Operate a redemption center by July 1, 2005, and shall accept all types of empty deposit beverage containers with a Hawaii refund value;

     (2)  Pay to the redeemer the full refund value for all deposit beverage containers that bear a valid Hawaii refund value; and

     (3)  Ensure each deposit beverage container collected is recycled, and forward documentation necessary to support claims for payment as stated in section 342G-119 or rules adopted under this part.

     (b)  Subsection (a) shall not apply to any dealer:

     (1)  Who is located in a high density population area as defined by the director in rules, and within two miles of a certified redemption center that is operated independently of a dealer;

     (2)  Who is located in a rural area as defined by rule;

     (3)  Who subcontracts with a certified redemption center to be operated on the dealer's premises;

     (4)  Whose sales of deposit beverage containers are only via vending machines;

     (5)  Whose place of business is less than five thousand square feet of interior space;

     (6)  Who can demonstrate physical or financial hardship, or both, based on specific criteria established by rule; or

     (7)  Who meets other criteria established by the director.

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the director may allow the placement of redemption centers at greater than prescribed distances to accommodate geographical features while ensuring adequate consumer convenience.

     (c)  Regardless of the square footage of a dealer's place of business, dealers who are not redemption centers shall post a clear and conspicuous sign at the primary public entrance of the dealer's place of business that specifies the name, address, and hours of operation of the closest redemption center locations.

     (d)  If there is no redemption center within the two-mile radius of a dealer due to the criteria described in subsection (b), then the respective county and the State shall determine the need for a redemption center in that area.  If a redemption center is deemed necessary, then the State, with assistance from the county, shall establish the redemption center with funding from the deposit beverage container deposit special fund.

     (e)  Businesses that sell deposit beverages for on-premises consumption, such as hotels, bars, and restaurants, shall collect used deposit beverage containers from the patron and either use a certified redemption center for the collection of containers or become a certified redemption center. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §7; am L 2005, c 206, §3]

§342G‑114  Redemption centers.  (a)  Prior to operation, redemption centers shall be certified by the department.

     (b)  Applications for certification as a redemption center shall be filed with the department on forms prescribed by the department.

     (c)  The department, at any time, may review the certification of a redemption center.  After written notice to the person responsible for the establishment and operation of the redemption center and to the dealers served by the redemption center, the department, after it has afforded the redemption center operator a hearing in accordance with chapter 91, may withdraw the certification of the center if it finds that there has not been compliance with applicable laws, rules, permit conditions, or certification requirements.

     (d)  Redemption centers shall:

     (1)  Accept all types of empty deposit beverage containers for which a deposit has been paid;

     (2)  Verify that all containers to be redeemed bear a valid Hawaii refund value;

     (3)  Pay to the redeemer the full refund value in either cash or a redeemable voucher for all deposit beverage containers, except as provided in section 342G-116;

     (4)  Ensure each deposit beverage container collected is recycled through a contractual agreement with an out-of-state recycler or an in-state recycling facility permitted by the department; provided that this paragraph shall not apply if the redemption center is operated by a recycler permitted by the department;

     (5)  Remain open at least thirty hours per week in high density population areas, of which at least five hours shall be on Saturday or Sunday; and

     (6)  Forward the documentation necessary to support claims for payment as stated in section 342G-119.

     (e)  Redemption centers' redemption areas shall be maintained in full compliance with applicable laws and with the orders and rules of the department, including permitting requirements, if deemed necessary, under chapter 342H.

     (f)  The department shall develop procedures to facilitate the exchange of information between deposit beverage container manufacturers, distributors, and retailers and certified redemption centers, including but not limited to universal product code information for reverse vending machine purposes.  The procedures developed by the department shall allow for a reasonable time period between the introduction of a new deposit beverage product and the deadline for submitting universal product code information to certified redemption centers operating reverse vending machines. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §8; am L 2005, c 227, §2; am L 2007, c 285, §7]

[§342G-114.5]  Redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program; standards.  [Section repealed on June 30, 2009.  L 2006, c 231, §2.]  (a)  Notwithstanding chapter 103D, the department shall develop and implement a redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program using a request for proposals to contract with dealers and recyclers to improve redemption and recycling infrastructure statewide; provided that:

     (1)  One award only shall be allowed for each person; and

     (2)  An award under this program shall not be available to any person to whom a reverse vending machine rebate has been paid under section 342G-102.5;

provided further that the amount of awards shall not exceed $3,000,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year.

     (b)  The director shall include in the deposit beverage container program annual report to the legislature a report on the redemption center and recycling infrastructure improvement program. [L 2005, c 228, pt of §2, §6(1)]

 

Note

  Actions initiated pursuant to §342G-102.5(e) shall be allowed to continue until resolved.  L 2005, c 228, §6(2); L 2006, c 231, §2.

§342G-115  Reverse vending machine requirements.  Reverse vending machines may be used by redemption centers to satisfy the requirements of section 342G-113.  Reverse vending machines shall accept any type of empty deposit beverage container and pay out the full refund value in either cash or a redeemable voucher for those containers that bear a valid Hawaii refund value.  If the reverse vending machine is unable to read the barcode then the reverse vending machine shall reject the container.  The reverse vending machine shall be routinely serviced to ensure proper operation and continuous acceptance of empty deposit beverage containers and payment of the refund value. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §9; am L 2005, c 206, §4; ree L 2007, c 285, §8]

§342G‑116  Refusal of refund value payment for a deposit beverage container.  Redemption centers shall refuse to pay the refund value on any broken, corroded, or dismembered deposit beverage container, or any deposit beverage container that:

     (1)  Contains a free-flowing liquid;

     (2)  Does not properly indicate a refund value;

     (3)  Contains a significant amount of foreign material; or

     (4)  Exhibits characteristics of having been previously processed and baled. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2005, c 206, §5; am L 2007, c 285, §9]

§342G-117  Handling fees and refund values for certified redemption centers.  (a)  The department shall pay to each certified redemption center a handling fee of not less than the prevailing deposit beverage container fee for each deposit beverage container redeemed by a consumer that is:

     (1)  Transported out-of-state;

     (2)  Received by an approved in-state company for an approved end use for recycling; or

     (3)  Received by a department-permitted recycling facility;

provided that the deposit beverage container is physically received by the redemption center.

     (b)  The department shall evaluate the handling fee at least once per year.  If the department changes the amount of the handling fee, the department shall publish notice of the change within thirty days of its determination.

     (c)  The handling fee shall be paid in addition to the refund value of each empty deposit beverage container.  Payments for handling fees shall be based on redemption center reports submitted to the department; provided that there is no discrepancy in the reports.  The department may choose to pay the handling fee and refund value on the basis of the total weight of the containers received by material type and the average weight of each container type; provided that the deposit beverage container is physically received by the redemption center.

     (d)  A handling fee and refund value may only be paid once for each container redeemed by a consumer and claimed by a redemption center in accordance with section 342G-119. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §10; am L 2007, c 285, §10]

§342G-119  Redemption center reporting.  The department shall pay certified redemption centers handling fees and refund values as described in section 342G-117, based on collection reports submitted by the redemption centers.  All redemption centers shall submit to the department the following information on forms prescribed by the department, which information shall include at a minimum:

     (1)  The number or weight of deposit beverage containers of each material type accepted at the redemption center for the reporting period;

     (2)  The amount of refunds paid out by material type;

     (3)  The number or weight of deposit beverage containers of each material type transported out-of-state or to a permitted recycling facility; and

     (4)  Copies of out-of-state transport and weight receipts or acceptance receipts from permitted recycling facilities.  If the redemption center and the recycling facility are the same entity, copies of out-of-state transport and weight receipts, or documentation of end use accepted by the department, shall also be included.

The requests for payment shall be no less than two times per month. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2; am L 2004, c 241, §11; am L 2005, c 227, §3]

 

Note

  Interim requirements for sixty-eight-fluid-ounce deposit beverage containers.  See note at head of this part.

[§342G-120]  Recycling facility reporting.  Recycling facilities, in addition to any requirements under chapter 342H, shall prepare or maintain the documents involving empty beverage containers, as required by the department. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-121]  Audit authority.  The records of the deposit beverage distributor, dealer, redemption center, and recycling facility shall be made available, upon request, for inspection by the department, a duly authorized agent of the department, or the auditor.  Any proprietary information obtained by them shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed to any other person, except:

     (1)  As may be reasonably required in an administrative or judicial proceeding to enforce any provision of this chapter or any rule adopted pursuant to this chapter; or

     (2)  Under an order issued by a court or administrative agency hearings officer. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-122]  Advisory committee.  The department shall convene an advisory committee to assist it in developing any rules needed to implement this chapter.  The department shall select members of the committee so as to obtain input on the state level as well as assess the impact on each individual county, consumers, recyclers, and the beverage industry.  Members of the committee shall be appointed by the director and shall serve at the director's pleasure.  A simple majority of the committee members shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of recommending rules and providing input to the director. [L 2002, c 176, pt of §2]

[§342G-123]  Reporting requirement.  [Section repealed on June 30, 2009.  L 2006, c 231, §2.]  The department shall provide annual reports on the deposit beverage container program to the legislature and the governor, with each report being due no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session.  The reports shall contain but not be limited to:

     (1)  Performance indicators;

     (2)  Measures of effectiveness;

     (3)  Organization charts; and

     (4)  Position descriptions of every type of position created and actual salaries paid to each employee.

The reports shall include recommended legislation for statutory changes.

     If the administration of the deposit beverage container program is contracted to a third party pursuant to section 342G-106, a copy of the contract shall be appended to the next applicable report, and the contractor shall abide by these reporting requirements as well.  The contractor's pay scales shall be comparable to equivalent positions in civil service. [L 2005, c 228, pt of §2, §6(1)]

 

Note

  Actions initiated pursuant to §342G-102.5(e) shall be allowed to continue until resolved.  L 2005, c 228, §6(2); L 2006, c 231, §2.

 

§342G‑12.5  Recycling coordinator.  There is established a position of assistant to the coordinator of the office of solid waste management to be known as the recycling coordinator.  The position may be appointed by the director in accordance with chapter 76.  [L 1995, c 229, §2; am L 2000, c 253, §150; am L 2005, c 226, §8; am L 2006, c 300, §9]

See also: Administrative Rules, 11-282 [PDF1.1Mb]

Updated November 21, 2009

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