Michiganders sitting on millions of dollars in bottles and cans

State residents can't redeem recyclables since the state halted bottle and can returns in March.

Michiganders have collected an estimated 500-million recyclable bottles and cans since Governor Gretchen Whitmer temporarily halted bottle and can returns in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They’re worth an estimated $50 million, according to an article on MLive.

Beer and soda bottles and cans are worth ten cents apiece in Michigan — money that’s been accumulating for weeks.

That’s leading to a decline in materials for making new bottles and cans, which could lead to increased manufacturing costs for drink bottlers and eventually higher prices for consumers.

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Companies involved in the processing of bottles and cans are lobbying the state to restart redemption services with safety measures.

You can read the full story here.

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