bottle bill http://michiganradio.org en No Deposit, No Return? State House votes to exempt drink pouches from bottle deposit law http://michiganradio.org/post/no-deposit-no-return-state-house-votes-exempt-drink-pouches-bottle-deposit-law <p>The state House voted today to exempt drink pouches from Michigan&rsquo;s bottle deposit law.&nbsp; The bill passed on a 91&nbsp;to 19 vote. Tue, 29 May 2012 23:08:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 7667 at http://michiganradio.org No Deposit, No Return? State House votes to exempt drink pouches from bottle deposit law Legislators move to exempt drink pouches from Michigan's bottle deposit law http://michiganradio.org/post/legislators-move-exempt-drink-pouches-michigans-bottle-deposit-law <p>A state House committee has voted to exempt drink pouches from the state&rsquo;s 10-cent bottle deposit law. The pouches are made of plastic, aluminum, and paper. They are not biodegradable or recyclable. Harold McGovern is the president of a beverage wholesale company. He said there are environmental benefits to pouches.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s a fraction of the up-front emissions from the standpoint of a carbon footprint. More importantly, the emissions on the transportation cycle - whether it&rsquo;s delivery to our warehouse, whether it&rsquo;s delivery to stores - also has dramatic incremental savings because of the weight difference between aluminum, glass, and this pouch technology,&quot; said McGovern.<br /><br />If the House bill becomes law, it would preempt a state Treasury determination that the deposit could apply to alcoholic drink pouches. Environmental groups say the state should not encourage packaging that&rsquo;s not recyclable. Wed, 23 May 2012 20:58:30 +0000 Rick Pluta 7586 at http://michiganradio.org Judge says bottle return marking on Michigan bottles can stay http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-says-bottle-return-marking-michigan-bottles-can-stay <p>A federal judge says a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-43519-228014--,00.html">state law requiring beer and cans sold in Michigan</a> to have specific markings is not against federal laws.</p><p>State lawmakers amended Michigan&rsquo;s bottle-deposit law in 2008. They wanted to prevent people from bringing bottles from out of state to return in Michigan for 10-cents-a-piece. That&rsquo;s the highest bottle deposit in the country.</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:06:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2710 at http://michiganradio.org Judge says bottle return marking on Michigan bottles can stay Can and bottle deposits add up for environment http://michiganradio.org/post/can-and-bottle-deposits-add-environment <p>All the unclaimed deposits from Michigan cans and bottles really add up. The state gets about $12 million a year out of it.</p><p>A small amount of this money goes back to the retailers who sell the containers. But most of it is used for <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3306_28608---,00.html">cleaning up old industrial land or toxic waste</a>. The state also uses the money to finish the clean-up of federal Superfund sites.</p><p>With budget cuts, money for pollution clean-up is harder to come by. Anastasia Lundy is with the Department of Environmental Quality. She says her department used to rely on Michigan&rsquo;s general fund.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Well the programs that are funding environmental clean-up no longer receive any general fund whatsoever, so this has increased our reliance on these bottle bill funds to try to keep the programs meeting the most critical needs.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The state wants as much money in the clean-up fund as possible. They&rsquo;re worried they are losing money to people they call smugglers. These are people bringing cans into Michigan from other states for deposit money.</p><p>This might sound like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and Neuman drive cans and bottles into Michigan. But the state is getting serious about cutting down on bottle deposit fraud. So, they want bottle manufacturers to put a special mark on containers sold in Michigan. Bottle return machines would then only take containers with the mark-Michigan containers.</p><p>The state changed the<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/dnre-whmd-sw-mibottledepositlawFAQ_318782_7.pdf"> bottle bill</a> to require manufactures to add the mark, and the manufacturers are now suing the state over the changes to the bill.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ameribev.org/">American Beverage Association</a> is bringing the suit. They didn&rsquo;t return calls for comment on this story. But, they&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/03/lawsuit_over_michigans_bottle.html">told other media outlets</a> that making special cans and bottles for Michigan will be expensive and they don&rsquo;t want to do it.</p><p>Retailers are siding with the state in the suit. Mike Lashbrook is the President of the <a href="http://www.mbwwa.org/Home.aspx">Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesaler Association</a>.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Well, you know, this issue, the fact that there is this smuggling that&rsquo;s been going on, it&rsquo;s not a joke like the Seinfeld episode. It is a major problem.</p></blockquote><p>He says retailers are also worried about losing money to bottle smugglers.</p><p>The state has already put a little over a million dollars into upgrading the bottle machines to read the special mark. If the Beverage Association wins their case the state will lose this money. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:29:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1828 at http://michiganradio.org Can and bottle deposits add up for environment