How and why Michigan’s deposit system works
As the product is delivered to stores and sold to consumers, the ten-cent deposit moves in four steps,
from wholesaler to store to consumer. As the used containers are redeemed in the stores, the ten-cent deposit moves in the opposite direction.
Michigan leads the nation in beverage container recycling,
with a redemption rate of 91%.
Why is Michigan so successful? It’s because of overwhelming support by Michigan citizens of the 10¢ deposit combined with a convenient return system.
Our system is successful for several reasons:
- Motivation – our 10¢ deposit on beverage containers motivates consumers to return their bottles and cans rather than simply throwing them away.
- Convenience – Because beverage containers can be returned when we shop, consumers are able to make just one trip to redeem deposits and do their shopping.
- The beverage container recycling system in Michigan is well-established, efficient, accountable and requires no expense to taxpayers.
- The Michigan beverage container recycling system keeps our roads, beaches, parks and waterfront areas cleaner, at less cost to taxpayers.
- Zero Waste. The quality of material collected through the beverage container recycling system is very high, with100% of the material recycled into new products. Material collected and processed in Michigan is highly desirable and in demand by industry.
- Michigan’s system requires less energy than other systems. UBCR trucks fueled with compressed natural gas (CNG) haul many more containers per mile, more efficiently than any other system.