The bill would amend the beverage container deposit law to specify that "container composed of a combination of these materials", in the law's definition of "beverage container", would not include a container composed in whole or in part of aluminum and plastic or aluminum and paper in combination, if the aluminum content represented 20% or less of the unfilled container weight and the weight of the container materials represented 5% or less of the total weight of the filled container.
The law, which was enacted by initiative in 1976 and took effect in 1978, provides for a deposit to be paid on certain beverage containers and requires a dealer to accept the return of the containers and refund the deposit. "Dealer" means a person who sells or offers for sale to consumers within Michigan a beverage in a beverage container.
"Beverage container" is defined as an airtight metal, glass, paper, or plastic container, or a container composed of a combination of these materials, which, at the time of sale, contains one gallon or less of a beverage. "Beverage" means a soft drink, soda water, carbonated natural or mineral water, or other nonalcoholic carbonated drink; beer, ale, or other malt drink of whatever alcoholic content; or a mixed wine drink or a mixed spirit drink.
The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.