Extra Choices Coming For Returning Bottles, Cans

Extra choices are coming for Michigan residents who return empty bottles and cans to obtain their deposits. The Michigan Division of Treasury has launched the next:

Michiganders searching for their 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans will quickly have extra choices for redeeming their deposits, based on the Michigan Division of Treasury.


With the beginning of “Phase 2” on Oct. 5, 2020, all grocery shops, supermarkets, comfort shops, gasoline stations and different retailers with reverse merchandising machine should reopen their bottle return amenities and resume the gathering of returnable bottles and cans to refund excellent deposits.

Retailers with different kinds of bottle return amenities ― together with amenities staffed by workers and requiring greater than minimal person-to-person contact ― could re-open these return amenities at their discretion.

All retailers re-opening their bottle return amenities throughout “Part 2” should be sure that these amenities adjust to all state-mandated security protocols and restrictions, together with the most recent state-mandated safeguards to protect workers.


As well as, retailers could take all or any the next steps at their discretion:

  • Restrict the variety of beverage containers which may be returned by a single particular person per day to a deposit refund quantity of $25, as outlined in state legislation.
  • Set up particular or restricted hours of operation for return amenities.
  • Restrict the variety of accessible and working reverse merchandising machines.
  • Periodically shut return amenities as wanted for cleansing and provide administration.
  • Implement different procedures or restrictions as crucial to advertise security, effectivity, or each.

If people recycle their bottles or cans as an alternative of returning to a retailer for the 10-cent deposit, state legislation outlines that 75% of the beforehand collected bottle deposit cash is robotically deposited into the state’s Cleanup and Redevelopment Belief Fund and 25% is returned to the retailers.

Under the previous bottle and can return guidance outlined in “Phase 1,” retailers with return amenities positioned on the entrance of the shop or housed in a separate space and serviced completely by reverse merchandising machines had been required to reopen.


The gathering of returnable beverage containers was suspended by an government order issued by Governor Whitmer on March 23, 2020.

This short-term suspension supported Michigan’s struggle in opposition to the coronavirus by allowing grocery shops and different retailers to right away shift workers from container assortment and deposit redemption duties to different areas the place they had been extra urgently wanted, and to guard the well being and security of shops, their workers, and all Michigan residents.

The state Treasury Division will problem additional steering relating to further phases of the re-establishment of the bottle deposit program when well being and security situations are acceptable.


Extra details about the growth of bottle and may return alternatives will be discovered within the state Treasury Department’s “Notice Regarding Phase 2 of Michigan’s Re-Established Bottle Deposit Return Program.”

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