Take your cans back now at this Big Rapids store


Only $25 worth of returns allowed per person, per day


MECOSTA COUNTY — Monday will be the day when Michiganders can finally get take back their returnables back.

But if you’re in Big Rapids or a nearby area, that day has already came.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suspended the returns weeks ago because of the coronavirus. There are estimates that the returnables — 10 cent a can/bottle in Michigan — are worth millions of dollars, the Associated Press reported.

But if you’re looking to unload a pickup truck’s worth of cans, you might want to rethink your plan.

Meijer in Big Rapids is now accepting returns with some guidelines, much like what can be expected at retailers statewide. The return area is now open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Meijer is only accepting returns at select locations prior to Monday.

There is a limit on the number of beverage containers that may be returned — $25 worth — by a single person per day.

Retailers re-opening their bottle return facilities must ensure those facilities comply with all state-mandated safety protocols and restrictions, including safeguards to protect workers.

In addition, they may take any or all of the following steps:

• Establish special or limited hours of operation for bottle return facilities.

• Limit the number of available and operating reverse vending machines.

• Periodically close bottle deposit facilities as needed for cleaning and supply management.

• Implement such other procedures or restrictions as each retailer may determine are necessary or advisable to promote safety and/or efficiency.

Messages left with a Meijer representative seeking more information were not returned on Thursday.

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