Beginning June 15th, retailers which have the reverse vending machine setup for taking back bottles and cans, may begin doing so.
Retailers, where clerks have to count returns by hand, cannot yet start taking returns.
In addition, retailers who begin taking returns, must adhere to state mandated safety protocols to protect employees and customers.
If needed, retailers can also limit the number of returns per customer to $25 per day, establish special hours for taking returns and periodically close deposit facilities for cleaning and disinfecting.
Additional measures may be added, if the retailer feels it will improve safety and efficiency.
Ben Campioni of Pat’s Food’s said this.
The suspension went into effect on March 23rd, as a safety measure for employees whose job description includes handling returned bottles and cans.
Michigan’s Treasury Department will determine additional phases in terms of allowing more retailers to accept returns.
A link to email questions regarding the reestablishing of can and bottle returns is here.