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Man's 10,000 Bottle Deposit Scheme Could Mean Prison

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

Bottle deposit laws are designed to encourage people to recycle by charging shoppers a small deposit on bottles that they can get back once the bottle is recycled. But a Michigan man recently tried to game that system to get more money. Brian Everidge purchased 10,000 bottles in New York, which charges residents a 5 cent deposit. He then took the bottles to Michigan, which gives residents a 10 cent refund. But it turns out that attempting to collect a deposit on bottles purchased in another state is illegal under the Michigan law. And now, the man's $500 scheme could land him in prison.

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