STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1259
RE: H.B. No. 574
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2009
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 574, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to encourage recycling of beverage containers.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Extends the reverse vending machine rebate program to June 30, 2014;
(2) Increases the financial incentives offered by the reverse vending machine rebate program;
(3) Appropriates an unspecified amount for fiscal year 2009-2010 for grants-in-aid to the counties to plan and operate county recycling programs; and
(4) Requires dealers that have more than seventy-five thousand square feet of interior space to operate redemption centers.
Your Committee received six written comments on this measure. The written comments may be reviewed on the Legislature’s website.
Your Committee finds that requiring large retailers to operate redemption centers will make it more convenient for consumers to recycle glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers. Your Committee further finds that an extension of the reverse vending machine rebate program may encourage the development of more recycling facilities and increase the amount of containers that are recycled. However, during these difficult economic times, your Committee believes that it is not fiscally prudent to appropriate funds for grants-in-aid to the counties for recycling programs.
Accordingly, your Committee amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the appropriation for fiscal year 2009-2010 for grants-in-aid to the counties to plan and operate county recycling programs; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2077, to encourage further discussion of this measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 574, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 574, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair