(WWJ) Michigan’s Department of Treasury is moving the state into phase two of its bottle return plan.
Starting early next month, all retailers with bottle return machines will be required by the state to reopen their facilities, which closed early on in the coronavirus pandemic.
Since mid-June, only retailers with the return facilities at the front of their stores have been allowed to reopen their bottle returns.
Now all stores with other types of bottle returns, including those staffed by employees, can also reopen at the store’s discretion, but all facilities with bottle returns in any location must reopen by October 5.
Grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores are gas stations and other retailers of every kind with bottle return facilities are included.
All retailers re-opening their bottle return facilities during phase two, including those retailers re-opening bottle return facilities at their own discretion, must ensure that those facilities comply with all state-mandated safety protocols and restrictions, including the most recent state-mandated safeguards to protect workers, as detailed HERE.
Consumers should be aware that they always have the option of recycling their returnable beverage containers if they choose not to return them to a bottle deposit redemption facility.