The Vermont Statutes Online
Conservation and Development
BEVERAGE CONTAINERS; DEPOSIT-REDEMPTION SYSTEM
For the purpose
of this chapter:
"Beverage" means beer or other malt beverages and mineral waters,
mixed wine drink, soda water and carbonated soft drinks in liquid form and
intended for human consumption. As of January 1, 1990 "beverage" also
shall mean liquor.
"Biodegradable material" means material which is capable of being
broken down by bacteria into basic elements.
"Container" means the individual, separate, bottle, can, jar or
carton composed of glass, metal, paper, plastic or any combination of those
materials containing a consumer product. This definition shall not include
containers made of biodegradable material.
"Distributor" means every person who engages in the sale of consumer
products in containers to a dealer in this state including any manufacturer who
engages in such sales. Any dealer or retailer who sells, at the retail level,
beverages in containers without having purchased them from a person otherwise
classified as a distributor, shall be a distributor.
"Manufacturer" means every person bottling, canning, packing or
otherwise filling containers for sale to distributors or dealers.
"Recycling" means the process of sorting, cleansing, treating and
reconstituting waste and other discarded materials for the purpose of reusing
the materials in the same or altered form.
"Redemption center" means a store or other location where any person
may, during normal business hours, redeem the amount of the deposit for any
empty beverage container labeled or certified pursuant to section 1524 of this
"Secretary" means the secretary of the agency of natural resources.
wine drink" means a beverage containing wine and more than 15 percent
added plain, carbonated or sparkling water; and which contains added natural or
artificial blended material, such as fruit juices, flavors, flavoring,
adjuncts, coloring or preservatives; which contains not more than 16 percent
alcohol by volume; or other similar product marketed as a wine cooler.
means spirits as defined in 7 V.S.A. § 2. (Added 1971, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), §
1; amended 1975, No. 105, § 1; 1983, No. 171 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1987, No. 76, §
18; 1987, No. 261 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 1989; 2005, No. 128 (Adj.
Sess.), § 1.)