House Study Bill 587 - Introduced HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BILL BY CHAIRPERSON JONES) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the refund values and handling fees 1 for return of beverage containers and making penalties 2 applicable. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 5981YC (2) 86 tr/sc
H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 455C.2, Code 2016, is amended to read as 1 follows: 2 455C.2 Refund values. 3 1. A refund value of not less than five ten cents shall 4 be paid by the consumer on each beverage container sold in 5 this state by a dealer for consumption off the premises. 6 Upon return of the empty beverage container upon which a 7 refund value has been paid to the dealer or person operating 8 a redemption center and acceptance of the empty beverage 9 container by the dealer or person operating a redemption 10 center, the dealer or person operating a redemption center 11 shall return the amount of the refund value to the consumer. 12 2. In addition to the refund value provided in subsection 13 1 of this section , a dealer, or person operating a redemption 14 center who redeems empty beverage containers or a dealer agent 15 shall be reimbursed by the distributor required to accept the 16 empty beverage containers an amount which is one cent two cents 17 per container. A dealer, dealer agent, or person operating a 18 redemption center may compact empty metal beverage containers 19 with the approval of the distributor required to accept the 20 containers. 21 Sec. 2. Section 455C.5, subsection 3, Code 2016, is amended 22 to read as follows: 23 3. The provisions of subsections 1 and 2 of this section do 24 not apply to a refillable glass beverage container which has 25 a brand name permanently marked on it and which has a refund 26 value of not less than five ten cents, to any other refillable 27 beverage container which has a refund value of not less than 28 five ten cents and which is exempted by the director under 29 rules adopted by the commission, or to a beverage container 30 sold aboard a commercial airliner or passenger train for 31 consumption on the premises. 32 EXPLANATION 33 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 34 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 35 -1- LSB 5981YC (2) 86 tr/sc 1/ 2
H.F. _____ This bill changes the refund value paid by consumers for 1 beverage containers from 5 cents to 10 cents. The bill 2 also modifies the language in Code section 455C.5, regarding 3 exceptions for refillable glass beverage containers, to be 4 consistent with that change. 5 The bill also changes the reimbursement paid by distributors 6 to dealers, persons operating a redemption center, or dealer 7 agents from 1 cent to 2 cents. 8 According to Code section 455C.12, any person who 9 violates Code section 455C.2 or 455C.5 is guilty of a simple 10 misdemeanor. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by confinement 11 for no more than 30 days or a fine of at least $65 but not more 12 than $625 or by both. 13 -2- LSB 5981YC (2) 86 tr/sc 2/ 2