LANSING, MICH. (May 30, 5:10 p.m. ET) — A bill that would alter Michigan's bottle law to exclude alcohol sold in pouch containers has passed the House and is now before the Senate.
House Bill 5660 would amend the state's 10-cent deposit law, which is applied to carbonated beverages in metal, glass, paper or plastic containers, or in a container composed of a combination of those materials. The amendment would specifically exclude alcohol pouch containers — flexible, laminated-foil plastic pouches that resemble miniature bottles.
The bill passed the House, 91-19, according to state records.
State officials said they do not know what type of fiscal impact the change would make, but in fiscal 2010, Michigan recovered $17.3 million in revenue from unclaimed bottle deposits, with $4.3 million going to retailers and $12.9 million retained by the state for various beautification efforts and grants.