Recently, a lot of people have been trying to find ways to pad their budget and get money back in any way they can. And in the state of Michigan, one of the best ways is to get the deposit back on the can or bottles you purchased.


Michigan is one of only a handful of states that requires retailers to use recyclable containers when they are selling a drink, and becuase of that they take a .10 deposit and hold it until you bring back the can or bottle to recycle. But, over the past few years some Michiganders have been complaining that it's harder than ever to turn in your bottles and cans.

In response to decreased recycling rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan lawmakers are considering HB 5421, a bill that would mandate recycling acceptance hours for grocery stores and gas stations. This legislation aims to address the decline in bottle and can returns by establishing designated hours for recycling.

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The proposed bill requires grocery stores and gas stations to accept recycling between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily. This initiative seeks to encourage more people to return their cans and bottles by providing convenient and consistent opportunities for recycling.

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Support for HB 5421 comes from the Michigan Retailers Association, which highlights the benefits of the bill. They argue that having set recycling hours allows stores to efficiently manage their recycling machines, ensuring they are properly cleaned and maintained. Additionally, implementing these hours can help deter theft, particularly at smaller stores and gas stations that may be vulnerable to such incidents during late hours.

Currently in committee, HB 5421 was sponsored by Julie Rogers (D), Kalamazoo, who aims to advance the bill to the house floor for a vote in the near future. As Michigan strives to improve its recycling efforts, this legislation represents a step towards fostering a more sustainable environment while also benefiting businesses and communities statewide.

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