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HI-5 Reporting Deadline, July 15

June 22, 2016, 12:22 PM HST
* Updated June 22, 12:27 PM
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Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016

Big Island Now stock photo. June 2016

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health is reminding all beverage distributors in the state of reporting requirements for HI-5 beverage containers. The next upcoming HI-5 beverage container reporting deadline is July 15, 2016.

Failure to properly meet reporting deadlines or improper reporting can result in penalty fines of up to $10,000 per violation per day.

Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §342G-105 requires beverage distributors to submit semi-annual distributor reports and payments to DOH no later than the 15th calendar day of the month following the end of the semi-annual payment period.

DOH conducts regular inspections of beverage distributors and certified redemption centers to ensure compliance with Hawai‘i laws.

“The department issued notices to nine companies for violations during the last reporting period,” said Darren Park, manager of the Deposit Beverage Container Program. “Distributors and recyclers are reminded to comply with all upcoming deadlines and requirements to avoid penalty fees or suspension of certification.”

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The department’s Deposit Beverage Container Program issued Notices of Violation and Order against nine companies in the past year for failure to submit payments and reports required of beverage distributors by the State’s Deposit Beverage Container law.

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All of the companies were delinquent for the semi-annual reporting period of July 1 to Dec. 31, 2015, and each company was fined an administrative penalty fee of $400 for failure to comply with deposit container requirements.

Each company was provided the opportunity to request a hearing to contest the alleged facts and penalty.

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