How to Get Money Out of Thin Air (Michigan)

About: Hello, I make simple instructables. I don't want to make you look everywhere for your materials. I mainly use household items. Some of my instructables have 3 very simple steps to them. PLEASE VOTE.

Step 1: Go Outside and Find a Water Bottle

Please don't steal bottles. Just go find littered bottles and put them in a bag to go!

Step 2: Go to Your Local Grocery Store and Deposit Them All

Good job!

Step 3: You've Got Cash

You get ten cents every bottle. And also, remember that people will know you are helping the community. And you know that you are earning the money!



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    Michigan's ten-cent deposit/refund policy only works on carbonated beverages such as soda pop, beer, and some 'sparkling' drinks. It doesn't work on water, juice, tea, etc. You're charged an extra ten cents every time you buy a pop or a beer so you can get that ten cents back when you return the bottle. It's a pretty neat system. Helps to keep littering down and it also helps to reward the conscience-minded people who want to clean up public spaces by picking up litter.

    As a side note, taking cans/bottles from other states and trying to return them in MI is illegal. Most automated machines scan the bottle's barcode and can tell if the bottle's from MI or not.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    This is all location. I show up to my local grocery store with empty bottles they will point to the trash can and laugh if I expect money.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Don't pay jack for recycled plastic where I live as far as I know.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Depends on what state you live in. In Montana you get "thin air".

    Akthough I have wondered if you can get a truck load of stuff from here and take it to a state that gives you money back. But I believe you have to prove your a resident or something.