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All bottle and can return facilities reopen in Michigan, effective immediately

Michigan man returns more than 10K non-returnable cans and bottles, attorney general says
Posted at 1:24 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 13:24:32-04

Effectively immediately, all retailers with bottle and can return facilities can resume the collection of returnables and refund customer deposits.

The Michigan Department of Treasury says all retailers must comply with state-mandated safety protocols.

In addition, retailers may take any or all the following steps at their discretion:

  • Limit the number of beverage containers that may be returned by a single individual per day to a deposit refund amount of $25, as outlined in state law.
  • Establish special or limited hours of operation for return facilities.
  • Limit the number of available and operating reverse vending machines.
  • Periodically close return facilities as needed for cleaning and supply management.
  • Implement other procedures or restrictions as necessary to promote safety, efficiency, or both.

If individuals recycle their bottles or cans instead of returning to a retailer for the 10-cent deposit, state law outlines that 75% of the previously collected bottle deposit money is automatically deposited into the state's Cleanup and Redevelopment Trust Fund and 25% is returned to the retailers.