Delaware Recycling Law
Understanding Delaware’s Universal Recycling Law
Governor Jack Markell signed Delaware’s Universal Recycling Bill into law on June 8, 2010. The Delaware Restaurant Association played a major role in developing this bill to protect the interests of the restaurant industry. There has been many questions about how the law will affect restaurant s and bars. Below is a synopsis of how the law will affect you
Universal Recycling Facts for Bars and Restaurants
- The enactment of universal recycling will end the current bottle deposit charge ($.05 per bottle) on December 1, 2010
- Liability of refunding deposits back to dealer will end March 1, 2011
- A $.04 cent per bottle recycling fee will be imposed on consumers as of December 1, 2010 and will sunset December 1, 2014 (OFF-PREMISE ONLY).
- On-premise (bars and restaurants) are EXEMPT from paying $.04 fee.
- Haulers must provide restaurants and bars with a container for single-stream recycling no later than September 15, 2011
- Although restaurants are not required to use the recycling containers, a fee may be imposed by the hauler.
Studies show, most restaurants said cost of business stayed steady as a result of purchasing recycled material, and restaurants even indicated recycling efforts have a positive impact on restaurants sales.