Get Ready to Cash in all those Bottles and Cans

June 01, 2020, 5:55 PM by  Allan Lengel

(Photo: Schupan and Sons)


Michigan retailers will be required to start refunding customers' returnable bottles and cans beginning June 15, the state announced Monday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer halted that routine March 23 because of health concerns. It also freed employees to do other tasks.

Under the order, grocery stores, supermarkets and other retailers must reopen the returnable operation if they have refund machines facilities at the front of the store or in a separate area.

Merchants can take any of these steps:

  • Limit refunds to $25 a day per customer (250 containers).

  • Establish special or limited hours. 

  • Limit the number of operating reverse vending machines.

  • Periodically close refund machines for cleaning and supply management.

(Photo: Tomra)

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