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Sec. 4. 32 MRSA 1865, sub-3, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 661, 3, is
amended to read:

3. Label registration. An initiator of deposit shall
register the container label of any beverage offered for sale in
the state on which it initiates a deposit. Registration must be
on forms or in an electronic format provided by the department
and shall must include the universal product code for each
combination of beverage and container manufactured. The
initiator of deposit shall renew a label registration annually
and whenever that label is revised by altering the universal
product code or whenever the container on which it appears is
changed in size, composition or glass color. The initiator of
deposit shall also include as part of the registration the method
of collection for that type of container, identification of a
collection agent, identification of all of the parties to a
commingling agreement that applies to the container and proof of
the collection agreement. The department may charge a fee for
registration and registration renewals under this subsection.
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection that establish fees are
major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375,
subchapter II-A 2-A and subject to review by the joint standing
committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over business
and economic development matters.

Sec. 5. 32 MRSA 1866, sub-3, as amended by PL 1991, c. 819, 6, is
further amended to read:

3. Distributor acceptance. A distributor may not refuse to
accept from any dealer or local redemption center any empty,
unbroken and reasonably clean beverage container or any beverage
container that has been processed through an approved reverse
vending machine that meets the requirements of rules adopted by
the department pursuant to this chapter of the kind, size and
brand sold by the distributor or refuse to pay to the dealer or
local redemption center the refund value of a beverage container
as established by section 1863-A.

Sec. 6. 32 MRSA 1866, sub-4, as amended by PL 1991, c. 819, 7, is
further amended to read:

4. Reimbursement of handling costs. Reimbursement of
handling costs is governed by this subsection.

A. In addition to the payment of the refund value, the initiator
of the deposit under section 1863-A, subsections 1, 2 and 4 shall
reimburse the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of
handling beverage containers subject to section 1863-A, in an
amount that equals at least 3 per

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