State reaches agreement on violations by recycler
The state Department of Health's Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch has reached a settlement with Reynolds Recycling Inc. for violations of Hawaii's Deposit Beverage Container Law.
The department filed a case against the company for "failure to properly inspect redeemed containers; paying refund value on ineligible containers; not paying full refund for eligible containers; failing to verify customer container counts; failing to post required redemption center signage; and failure to maintain required operating hours," according to state health officials in a news release.
A penalty of $42,279 against Reynolds was assessed. The company has since paid $20,039.
The company also is required to complete three "supplemental environmental projects," which include completion of an employee and customer-service video for use by all certified redemption companies, conducting a mystery recycler program and implementing an abandoned-cart removal program, health officials said.
Reynolds will be credited $22,240 for completion of the environmental projects. State health officials said the company has admitted responsibility for the violations. Noncompliance with the settlement agreement will subject the company to penalties of $1,000 a day.