18B-1006.1. Additional requirement for certain permittees to recycle beverage containers.

(a) Holders of on-premises malt beverage permits, on-premises unfortified wine permits, on-premises fortified wine permits, and mixed beverages permits shall separate, store, and provide for the collection for recycling of all recyclable beverage containers of all beverages sold at retail on the premises. A permittee has satisfied the requirements of this section if it implements a recycling program that meets the minimum standards of the model recycling program developed by the Commission pursuant to G.S. 130A-309.14(m). Failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall not be grounds for revocation of a permit. A conviction for violation of this section shall not constitute an alcoholic beverage offense within the meaning of G.S. 18B-900(a)(4).

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, recyclable spirituous liquor containers may be used for display purposes as provided by the Commission. The permit holder shall notify the Commission of any such containers to be used for display purposes, and each container used for display purposes shall be stamped with a mixed beverages tax stamp. When a container is no longer used for display purposes, the permit holder shall recycle the container as provided in subsection (a) of this section. (2005-348, s. 1; 2007-402, s. 2(a); 2008-187, s. 35.5; 2022-51, s. 14(a).)