Abandoned Beverage Container Deposits

What you Should know about Tracking, Reporting, and Paying Unclaimed Bottle Deposits

A beverage container is considered abandoned when deposits collected exceed deposits returned. Remittance of unclaimed deposits is required at the end of each quarter. However, if a deposit initiator refunds more than they receive in deposits in a given quarter, they may receive a refund, not to exceed the amount they have remitted in the previous four quarters.

What has Changed

Act 208 of 2019 authorizes the State of Vermont to recapture unclaimed beverage container deposits from deposit initiators. The unclaimed deposits will be sent to the Clean Water Fund.

Deposit Initiator

The deposit initiator is the first distributor or manufacturer to collect the deposit on a beverage container sold to any person in Vermont. The deposit initiator is responsible for filing and remitting.

Deposit initiators must be registered with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) before they can file the quarterly report electronically and in order to pay any amount due the state electronically. If the deposit initiator does not have a registration ID, please go to the Department of Environmental Conservation's website and create a new account.

How to File

The first filing and remittance will be due on January 27, 2020. Remit to the Department of Taxes the abandoned beverage deposits from the previous quarter beginning with the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2019. Deposit Initators may file electronically each quarter using myVTax. When filing electronically use myVTax form ABD-614, Abandoned Beverage Container Deposit Remittance. Filings will be due on the 25th of each month after the end of the quarter (January, April, July, October), in line with other quarterly tax filings to the Department of Taxes.

report period ending Due date
(October-December) of 2019 Jan. 27, 2020 (first filing due)
Mar. 31, 2020 Apr. 27, 2020
Jun. 30, 2020 Jul. 27, 2020
Sept. 30, 2020 Oct. 26, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to subtract handling fees and other expenses from my company’s remittance?

Only abandoned deposits are covered under this statute. Deposit initiators must report all containers sold and redeemed and cannot retain any portion of the unclaimed deposits to cover expenses. 


What types of beverage containers are covered under Vermont’s beverage redemption system and subject to deposit and remittance of unclaimed deposits?

All brands of beer or other malt beverages and mineral waters, mixed wine drink, soda water and carbonated soft drinks are covered under Vermont’s beverage container redemption deposit law. A deposit must be initiated by that product’s manufacturer or distributor, charged to the consumer, paid to the consumer for each container redeemed at a retailer or redemption center, and then paid by the deposit initiator to the retailer or redemption center operator.

Liquor is also a covered beverage under the law, but the Department of Liquor Control initiates all deposits for liquor containers and will continue to retain unclaimed deposits for department use under statute.


When does remittance of abandoned beverage deposits take effect? What is the first deadline for remittance of deposits?

The first quarter for which deposits must be tracked and remitted if unclaimed is October-December 2019. The first filing and remittance will be due on January 27, 2020.


How often / when do deposit initiators have to file?

Filings will be due on the 25th of each month after the end of the quarter (January, April, July, October), in line with other quarterly tax filings to the Department of Taxes.


What do deposit initiators need to report?

Deposit initiators will need to report the number of containers sold and the number of containers redeemed during the quarter that has just ended.

Deposit initiators must provide their Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) registration ID. If initiator is not yet registered with ANR, this should be done before filing.


Are there penalties for failure to remit?

Yes, deposit initiators who do not file quarterly, or who provide false or inaccurate information may be subject to penalties.


What if more deposits are redeemed than were collected in that quarter?

If a deposit initiator refunds more than they are paid in deposits in a given quarter, they may receive a refund not to exceed the amount they have remitted in the previous four quarters.


Will my sales data be shared with the public?

Data will only be shared in an aggregated form that does not identify individual deposit initiators.

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