Driving the Successful Michigan Deposit System

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UBCR is a key player in the successful Michigan beverage container deposit system. Michigan's system has an unprecedented recovery rate of 97%, the highest in the nation.


UBCR's role in the deposit system is to collect, transport and process empty beverage containers for Michigan's largest retailers. UBCR is the exclusive pick-up agent for the Michigan Soft Drink Association and the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, picking up more than 100 million cases from 600+ stores for more than 100 wholesalers.

The beverage container deposit system enables numerous environmental benefits for all Michigan citizens:

 • fewer carbon emissions

 • cleaner roads, parks and beaches

 • less traffic on roadways

Retailers save time and money, and enjoy cleaner and safer back room storage and sorting.

The system has been designed with accurate and precise record-keeping and accounting of deposit material, allowing greater control of scrap material for distributors.

February 2012: UBCR's entire truck fleet now runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), saving fuel and resources.

better record-keeping 

better environment

Keep Michigan First

Why Michigan's beverage container recycling system is more effective than any other in the nation.