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Initiated Law 1 of 1976
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Initiated Law 1 of 1976

A petition to initiate legislation to provide for the use of returnable containers for soft drinks, soda water, carbonated natural or mineral water, other nonalcoholic carbonated drink, and for beer, ale, or other malt drink of whatever alcoholic content, and for certain other beverage containers; to provide for the use of unredeemed bottle deposits; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state agencies and officials; and to prescribe penalties and provide remedies.

History: 1976, Initiated Law 1, Eff. Dec. 3, 1978 ;-- Am. 1996, Act 384, Imd. Eff. July 24, 1996
Compiler's Notes: This initiated law was submitted to and approved by the people at the general election held on November 2, 1976, and took effect on December 3, 1976, pursuant to Mich. Const., Art. 2, § 9. But see MCL 445.576.The petition to initiate this legislation was headed by the following statement:“A petition to initiate legislation to provide for the use of returnable containers for soft drinks, soda water, carbonated natural or mineral water or other non-alcoholic carbonated drink; beer, ale or other malt drink of whatever alcoholic content.” See Newsome v Board of State Canvassers, 69 Mich App 725 (1976).
Popular Name: Bottle Bill

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Section 445.571SectionDefinitions.
Section 445.571aSection"Container composed of a combination of these materials" defined.
Section 445.572SectionNonreturnable containers; prohibitions; means for return and refund; regional redemption centers; acceptance of containers and payment of refunds; indicating refund value and name of state on container; exception; metal containers with detachable parts prohibited; deposit previously refunded; refund upon reuse; maximum daily refund; agreement on deposit; refund by manufacturer.
Section 445.572aSectionDesignated metal, glass, or plastic containers; sale or offer of sale of certain beverages; requirements; violations; definitions.
Section 445.573SectionCertification of beverage containers.
Section 445.573aSectionReport; filing; contents.
Section 445.573bSectionUnclaimed bottle deposits; audit, assessment, and collection by department of treasury; payment by underredeemer; overredemption credit; payment of refund to overredeemer; report; definitions.
Section 445.573cSectionBottle deposit fund and bottle bill enforcement fund; creation; administration; deposits; disbursements; report of effectiveness and information; rules.
Section 445.573dSectionUnclaimed deposits.
Section 445.573eSectionCleanup and redevelopment trust fund.
Section 445.573fSectionCommunity pollution prevention fund.
Section 445.574SectionViolation; penalty; separate offense; violations of section 4c; enhanced sentence; limitation.
Section 445.574aSectionProhibited return to dealer, distributor, or manufacturer; violation; penalty; exceptions; restitution; action brought by attorney general or county prosecutor.
Section 445.574bSectionPosting notice on dealer's premises; failure to comply; penalty.
Section 445.574cSectionDistributor sale to dealer; 10 cent deposit; exceptions; record.
Section 445.575SectionRepeal of MCL 445.191.
Section 445.576SectionEffective date.
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