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HI-5 container deposit fee to increase beginning Sept. 1

By Star-Advertiser staff


The fee for manufacturers, distributors and importers of beverages will increase from 1 cent to 1 1/2 cents per container beginning Sept. 1.

As a result of the increase for distributors, consumers will likely see the additional half-cent fee added to their retail purchases of HI-5 labeled containers, the state Department of Health said in a press release.

“This means that the deposit plus container fee will increase to 6 1/2 cents – a 5 cent deposit to be returned to the consumer when the container is recycled and a non-refundable 1 1/2 cent container fee to cover administrative costs.”

The change in the container fee is expected to generate about $4.5 million. 

State law requires the container fee to increase if the redemption rate exceeds 70 percent. The health department said the statewide redemption rate from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, was at 77 percent, up from 76 percent from the previous year.

“The half-cent fee increase was written into the bottle law from its inception to ensure the recycling program could sustain itself and continue to pay back deposits to consumers,” said state health director Loretta Fuddy. 

“We were able to hold off a fee increase for four years by using existing funds; however, the special fund is now too low to continue the program through 2014, and the current fee is not enough to build critical program reserves necessary to conduct essential operations.”

The fee increase was not implemented in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 because the program was able to use funds in reserve to continue operations. “This year, DOH determined the current fee structure and special fund balance would leave the HI-5 program underfunded in 2014 and unable to continue operations,” the press release said.

A decision on whether to raise the redemption rate is determined by Aug. 1 each year.

More information on the Deposit Beverage Container Program can be found at www.hi5deposit.com . 

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Do_you_know_SHATA wrote:
What a bunch of BS. You don't even get your full $.05 per bottle/can return at the redemption center. Another way for the City to squeeze more money out of the people of Hawaii
on July 18,2012 | 12:30PM
1local wrote:
deposit fee is a tax. Democrats will do anything to collect money for their Union breeding programs...
on July 18,2012 | 01:48PM
Malani wrote:
The Demo's use to squeeze more money. Today they squeezing blood.
on July 18,2012 | 03:34PM
RichardCory wrote:
I don't think you understand how apostrophes work.
on July 18,2012 | 08:00PM
braddah wrote:
I agree!
on July 18,2012 | 08:49PM
localpoi wrote:
Shouldn't the program pay for itself? Why are the people being penalized for getting their deposit back?
on July 18,2012 | 12:32PM
hwpeb wrote:
Because of the redemption success. A while back one of our politician mentioned in a newspaper article that we’re not making as much as expected due to the overwhelming redemption. This is just a money making scheme which rips off the constituents.
on July 18,2012 | 03:29PM
Malani wrote:
Somebody need a raise and a bonus.
on July 18,2012 | 03:34PM
busthalfnut wrote:
6.5 cents in, 5 cents out, and we think rail is going to work?
on July 18,2012 | 12:37PM
braddah wrote:
Well, it's not really 5 cents back....
on July 18,2012 | 08:50PM
harley1 wrote:
What about the LEG misappropriating the bottle special fund for pet projects? Isn't that what really ahppened to create the shortfall? Why are we the people responsible for their erroneous ways? Can't the State be honest with us for once? Surely they cannot be relectable if they continue such bad behavior. LOL SIlly me - they'll all be warming the same chairs in January!
on July 18,2012 | 12:38PM
all_fed_up wrote:
I guess i gotta bust out my snippers and start cutting my pennies in half.
on July 18,2012 | 12:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
So if you buy 1 soda, 6.5 cents will be collected.. how much you like bet they going collect 7 cents!
on July 18,2012 | 01:13PM
waihee wrote:
According to the DoH, over 4 billion containers have been recycled in the seven years the program has been running. That means the state collected at least $40,000,000 in administration fees over those seven years. Assuming a 70% redemption rate over those seven years, that leaves another $60,000,000 in unclaimed deposits. That's $100,000,000 over 7 years and averages out to about $14,280,000 a year. The program is unsustainable with the kind of revenue?!? This is absurd.
on July 18,2012 | 02:26PM
dly223 wrote:
They should cancel the program since it can't sustain itself. The intention was good but it doesn't make sense if the program is going to cost more money. In a time when the government doesn't have enough funds, programs like this should be cut. It's not a necessity.
on July 18,2012 | 02:47PM
braddah wrote:
I agree with you!
on July 18,2012 | 08:51PM
kailua000 wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 02:53PM
Wotboddahyou wrote:
Waaaa Waaaaa Waaaa.... Listen to all of you cry like babies. YOU voted for the most intellegent politicians in the world that made these laws. Don't look at me, I vote republican, which means none of my guys get elected.
on July 18,2012 | 03:00PM
poidragon wrote:
That really does not say much for you or your character, there bud! Oh, yea, responses like yours does boddah me, fool!
on July 18,2012 | 11:38PM
sailfish1 wrote:
This is totally outrageous to raise the fee to consumers. The Hi-5 program will never be able to susteain itself as long as the legislators keep raiding the fund for other uses. Cancel the program because we now have recycling bins (blue) and there are community recycling bins. We don't need this rip-off Hi-5 program anymore.
on July 18,2012 | 03:10PM
st1d wrote:
oh, well, at least i know that when i toss my bottle or can out the car window, someone will make $0.05.
on July 18,2012 | 03:18PM
kainalu wrote:
... actually, 6.5 cents.
on July 18,2012 | 04:04PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No really it is 6.49385028342893749 cents. Have u not heard we use computers nowadays, lol ?
on July 18,2012 | 07:57PM
gth wrote:
It doesn't matter if your represenative, senator, or councilmember is Democrat or Republican or non partisan. They voted for it or against it. They either liked the bill or didn't do enough to chop it down. It's ineffective anyways. Throw all incumbents out.
on July 18,2012 | 03:22PM
Malani wrote:
The people complain they want changes but when its time to vote they vote the same people in year after year. So what do they want changed? Hard when one gets amnesia huh?
on July 18,2012 | 03:39PM
kainalu wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 04:01PM
aiea2 wrote:
I thought the bottle bill was meant to keep bottles and cans off the land and out of the landfill... but we know it is just another tax !!
on July 18,2012 | 04:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
where is aiea7 ?
on July 18,2012 | 07:56PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Hey, just drink tap water from your own water bottle and save 6 1/2 cents, what's the big deal? Don't forget to wear sack and ash cloth too.
on July 18,2012 | 05:41PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hey same idea as me, look at my comment below lol.
on July 18,2012 | 07:56PM
hotdoggin7 wrote:
da gov wants to add another dog run i guess lol
on July 18,2012 | 05:51PM
RichardCory wrote:
What is this I don't even...
on July 18,2012 | 08:04PM
localguy wrote:
Once again the state is working hard to rip off taxpayers by over charging for the bottle redemption program. No explanation on why the money from uncollected bottles is not being properly used to maintain the program. Also how much the state has increased their overhead just to take more money. How much cheaper would it be if this entire program was dropped, collecting all bottles in recycle containers to eliminate the money pit bottle redemption program. Sad to say this is standard for the Nei, take all you can from taxpayers. This is what they do.
on July 18,2012 | 06:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes, I thought there was an audit on the HI-5 ? No matter, just decrease the salaries of all legislators, and see how they feel.
on July 18,2012 | 07:55PM
poidragon wrote:
Makes me wonder how many of our State legislators, have a relative in the water bottling retail business? Oh, things that make you go hmmmmmmm!
on July 18,2012 | 11:40PM
Wazdat wrote:
WTF is a 1/2 increase ??? make it a penny already
on July 18,2012 | 06:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Best deal, double it, save it, spend it, invest it, lose it, call 911, then have HPD round up all the empty HI-5 containers. Best ad lib i could do, in 24.245 seconds.
on July 18,2012 | 07:54PM
Billyther wrote:
The law actually discourages you from recycling by punishing you for doing it. On top of that, they tax the whole deposit. Only the government could manage such foolishness.
on July 18,2012 | 06:57PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I wonder how people manage to go through trash containers looking for empty HI-5 containers. Just about anywhere u look, u see people doing that.
on July 18,2012 | 07:52PM
carl_smigielski wrote:
So who gets the extra 1/2 cent when they round up from people buying odd numbers of drinks?
on July 18,2012 | 07:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on July 18,2012 | 07:51PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Just drink tap water from a C&C Honolulu water fountain, free, need to check for germs though, first. Or better yet, go to Ala Moana Shopping Center and drink water from a water fountain, free.
on July 18,2012 | 07:51PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
75% of the bottles are recycled. The 25% are "missing in action".
on July 18,2012 | 07:57PM
Roosevelt wrote:
Looks like it's time to start buying my beer in two liter bottles.
on July 18,2012 | 07:57PM
goodday wrote:
How do you think they pay all the recycle center operations? There is no way possible the program could be run if all the money were to be given back to the consumer.
on July 18,2012 | 09:06PM
hokumakakilo wrote:
The recyclers are double dipping. Not only do they get paid by the taxpayers to provide the service, they make money off the recycled product.
on July 18,2012 | 10:01PM
poidragon wrote:
Of course, they give you back a nickel for every aluminum can they get then turn around and sell the cans to the other recycling company who buys it by the pound! Before the state started their mandatory container fee, the recyclers used to pay $,.25 per pound for the recyclables, so somebody must be making some bucks somewhere down the line and it sure as heck not the public!
on July 18,2012 | 11:45PM
poidragon wrote:
Why would the state mandate a 1/2% increase in the redemption recycling fee if it exceeded it's target of achieving a return rate of over 70%? It sounds a bit bass-ackwards, I can see a 1/2% extra fee charge if you did not achieve a 70% return rate for recycling, but then this is Hawaii and our legislature is as lame as they come and tend to do things that make less sense than is the norm. Why do I say that? Because it is more like a 1/2% fine for exceeding the target goal of 70% or higher recycling rate! j With what the State is charging the public for recyclable goods, the program should be self sustaining, but like everything else the State operates, it is not a cost efficient or cost effective administratively run program; it's just been turned into another executive slush fund for the State to tap for it's benefit and not for the people of the State!
on July 18,2012 | 11:35PM
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