Meijer resuming bottle & can returns across Michigan on June 15

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 10:35:33-04

(WXYZ) — Meijer will begin accepting beverage containers for return on June 15 across Michigan after temporarily discontinuing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, there is an estimated $65 million in unreturned beverage containers in Michigan.

Meijer is asking its customers to prepare appropriately when returning bottles and cans to make the process as smooth as possible.

Preparation includes:

  • Separate your bottles and cans before coming to the store to help keep the flow of customers moving.
  • Drain all cans and bottles and place them in clean bags/containers before coming to the store.
  • Only bring beverage container brands that are sold at Meijer stores.
  • Understand the maximum amount of returnable beverage containers is $25 each visit.
  • Plan accordingly before you arrive as the bottle return rooms will be busy.
  • Please be patient, practice social distancing and wear a face covering.

“These last few months have posed numerous challenges, but we appreciate the patience of all our customers and team members as we navigated through them together,” said Todd Weer, Meijer Senior Vice President of Stores. “We know there is an abundance of beverage containers waiting to be recycled, so we’re asking all of our customers to please be patient and respectful toward each other as we deal with a volume of returnable containers that we’ve never seen before.”