The COVID-19 pandemic has led some states to temporarily halt enforcement actions on retailers who are suspending bottle & can redemption during the pandemic. Generally speaking, these announcements do not affect redemption centers, who are free to close their doors in the interests of safety if they so choose. For more details about specific states:
Bottle bills (also known as container deposit laws) are a proven, sustainable method of capturing beverage bottles and cans for recycling. The refund value of the container (usually 5 or 10 cents) provides a monetary incentive to return the container for recycling.
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