Michigan residents can return their bottles and cans starting June 15

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LANSING, Mich.—Michigan residents will soon be able to return their bottles again.

On Monday, the Treasury issued a notice that will allow some retailers to reopen their bottle return facilities starting on June 15.

The notice applies to retailers with bottle return facilities located at the front of the store or housed in a separate area and serviced exclusively by reverse vending machines.

Retailers whose process to collect bottles has no person-to-person contact will reopen as well.

According to the Treasury, retailers may take the following steps when reopening bottle collection services:

  • Limit the number of beverage containers that may be returned by a single individual per day to a deposit refund amount of $25, pursuant to MCL 445.572(10).
  • Establish special or limited hours of operation for bottle return facilities.
  • Limit the number of available and operating reverse vending machines.
  • Periodically close bottle deposit facilities as needed for cleaning and supply management.
  • Implement such other procedures or restrictions as each retailer may determine are necessary or advisable to promote safety and/or efficiency.
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