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BEVERAGE CONTAINERS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Requires that beverage containers sold, or offered for sale, on or after March 1, 1984, have a refund value, established by the distributor, of not less than five cents. Requires refund value be indicated on container. Requires that dealers and distributors pay the refund value on return of empty container. Provides for operation of redemption centers. Provides for handling fees for dealers and redemption centers. Prohibits manufacturer from requiring a deposit from a distributor on a non-refillable container. Contains definitions, specified exceptions, conditions, and other matters. Provides violation of statute is an infraction punishable by fine. Fiscal impact on state and local governments: The Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Department of Finance advise that savings in state and local litter cleanup and waste disposal costs are possible if the proposed initiative is enacted. The effect of the initiative on state revenues cannot be determined at this time.
Wm. Ross Pumfrey, 1776 Leroy Avenue, Berkeley, California 94709; Amy B. Hewes, 515 - 19Th Street, Apartment C, Sacramento, California 95814; Matthew M. Kuzins, 2905 Austin Street #3, Davis, California 95616
Beverage Containers California Initiative 281 (1981).