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Old 08-04-2010, 01:36 PM
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by ansky View Post
It's really an old-school concept because the bottle deposits were implemented well before most towns had curbside recycling. But now that the majority of towns have their own recycling programs there is really no need for the bottle deposits. I live in NJ where there is no deposit and we just put the cans out with the rest of our recycling. It's obviously much more convenient than storing cans and carting them back to a redemption center. But I believe the state of CT keeps the program in place because they are the ones collecting the money from any deposits that don't get redeemed. So I'm sure the state is making a good chunk of change.
Agreed, and yes the state is making a killing on the unreturned items.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:29 PM
Location: CT
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Originally Posted by renovating View Post
This isn't true anymore. I buy Walmarts purified water bottles and return them at Stop n Shop!
The Stop n Shop we go to wouldn't take back a ton of stuff because they didn't sell it. That was less than a month ago. I will have to try again maybe it is a phased process.
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:39 PM
Location: In a house
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Stores are supposed to accept back whatever bottles they charged a deposit on. Stop and Shop isn't required to take Walmart bottles. But they can if they want. They do, however, have to take back Stop and Shop bottles.

Most "supermarkets" have recycling rooms outside the main entry of the store, usually at one end or the other. Smaller grocery stores might not have actual rooms dedicated to recycling, but would probably have a couple of return machines inside their stores, somewhere between the entry and the customer service desk.
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