as amended, Pan. Beverage container
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Existing law, the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, requires that every beverage container sold or offered for sale in this state have a minimum refund value.
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law requires the department to calculate a processing fee and a processing payment for any type of empty beverage container with a refund value less than the cost of recycling in accordance with a specified formula. The department is prohibited from imposing a processing fee on PET beverage containers if a willing purchaser offers to purchase empty PET containers at a voluntary artificial scrap value that is equal to the processing fee, as specified.
This bill would delete the provisions prohibiting the department from imposing a processing fee on PET beverage containers for which there is such a willing purchaser.
Existing law requires the department to reduce the processing fee paid by beverage manufacturers based on the recycling rate of the container, subject to specified requirements and the availability of funds.
This bill would prohibit the department from reducing the processing fee requirements for any beverage manufacturer for any beverage container sold in the state unless the beverage manufacturer demonstrates to the department that the beverage container is manufactured at a facility that meets or exceeds a certain percentage of recycled content, regardless of whether the container is manufactured in the state.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 14575.1 of the Public Resources Code is
Section 14575.1 is added to the Public Resources Code,
Notwithstanding subdivision (e) of Section 14575,
15the department shall not reduce the processing fee requirements
16for any beverage manufacturer for any beverage container sold in
17this state unless the beverage manufacturer demonstrates to the
18department that the beverage container is manufactured at a facility
19that meets or exceeds the percentage of recycled content specified
P3 1pursuant to Section 14549, regardless of whether the container is
2manufactured in this state.