Honorable Tommy Williams, Chair, Senate Committee on Finance
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB645 by Ellis (Relating to water quality improvement and pollution reduction through beverage container recycling incentives; assessing a fee; providing penalties.), As Introduced
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Incentive Program Account
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Incentive Program Account
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Water Infrastructure Fund
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The bill would establish a new Beverage Container Recycling Incentive Program (BCRIP) and a new Texas Beverage Container Recycling Consortium (BCRC) to administer the incentive program. The bill would require that fee of $0.05 for containers 24 ounces or less or $0.10 for containers over 24 ounces be collected by retailers from consumers purchasing beverages in sealed containers under one gallon volume, with few exceptions. Revenue would by collected by redemption centers, remitted to the BCRC, and deposited to the newly established Incentive Program Account. The bill does not provide that the new account would be within the General Revenue Fund. Money in the account would be used to administer the new chapter, educate consumers, reimburse redemption centers, and implement the state water infrastructure plan. The bill also would require that 2 percent of money in the account be redistributed to beverage distributors in proportion to the amount that each distributor contributed to the account. The bill would require that 2.5 percent of the unencumbered balance of the account be deposited to the credit of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for grants that fund local and regional solid waste projects out of the General Revenue-Dedicated Solid Waste Disposal Account No. 5000. The deposit to TCEQ would cease when the state recycling rate reaches 65 percent as determined by the Comptroller.
The BCRC would consists of nine members appointed by the Governor. The BCRC would be required to regulate redemption centers, enforce compliance, develop and implement a marketing plan, provide for a procedure for reimbursements by redemption centers based on weight, the development of procedures for regulating the accuracy of scales used to weigh containers, develop monitoring and audit systems and procedures, submit reports, and develop and implement a website, among other duties. The bill would also require the establishment of redemption and recycling centers to accept beverage containers that have a refund value. Such centers would be required to apply to the BCRC to be authorized as a redemption center. Centers would be required to sell the material generated by the crushed or shredded used beverage containers to a processor or other end user. Centers would receive the amount equal to the redemptions the center had handled, plus handling fees equal to $.015 per beverage container or a per pound amount as established by the BCRC.
The bill would require the consortium to submit an annual report to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and certain legislative committees.
Beverage container redemption deposit amounts would not be subject to state sales tax.
The bill would take effect on September 1, 2013.
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 582 Commission on Environmental Quality, 580 Water Development Board
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