Government Overreach Prohibits The Reusing Of Whisky Bottles
“Federal Law Forbids Sale or Reuse of this Bottle”
Here at Terebelo Distillery, we are extremely sensitive to the environment. It shocked me and saddened me that I could not do my part in reusing bottles as it seems the laws are quite gray about what I can ask my fans to do. I ask and call upon all those that know someone in a position of power to please give me a hand in having this awful legislation repealed.
The Laws History
After prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933, US laws again allowed the legal manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks. Liquor was legal but producing it was and still is subject to an obscene amount of regulation. It is not uncommon to come across screw-top liquor bottles from the 20th century that are boldly embossed on their shoulders or bases with the above text.
One law required that alcoholic bottles be embossed with the text, “FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE” This law went into effect in 1935 mandatory wording on bottles but not the law was repealed on December 1, 1964.
The reason for this legislation is pretty obvious. After over a decade of prohibition, law enforcement was well aware of the illegal trade in alcohol (bootlegging) and wanted to prevent the refilling of bottles by black market businesses. Or, for that matter, the distillers themself.
6. Refilling, Reusing, and Disposing of Liquor Bottles
(a) Refilling or reusing liquor bottles – Any retail dealer, or agent or employee of such dealer, who refills any liquor bottle with distilled spirits, or who reuses any liquor bottle by adding distilled spirits or any substance (including water) to the original contents is subject to a fine of not more than $1000 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.
(b) Disposition of liquor bottle – The possession of used liquor bottles by any person other than the one who emptied the contents thereof is prohibited, except that this prohibition shall not:
(1) prevent the owner or occupant of any premises on which such bottles have been lawfully emptied from assembling the same on such premises
(i) for delivery to a bottler or importer on specific request for such bottler or importer;
(ii) for destruction either on the premises on which the bottles are emptied or elsewhere, including disposition for purposes which will result in the bottles being rendered unusable as bottles; or
(iii) in the case of unusual or distinctive bottles, for disposition as collectors’ items or for other purposes not involving the packaging of any products for sale;
(2) prevent any person from possessing, offering for sale, or selling such unusual or distinctive bottles for purposes not involving the packaging of any product for sale; or
(3) prevent any person from assembling used liquor bottles for the purpose of recycling or reclaiming the glass or other approved liquor bottle material.
Any person possessing liquor bottles in violation of law or regulations is subject to a fine of not more that $1000, imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.
Friends and Family have gathered in the hundreds of bottles. They await your action so they can send the bottles home to be refilled.