Over the years, I've found that most Walmart shoppers believe that all Walmarts have bottle return services. But unfortunately that's just not true.
In this article, I'll explain which Walmarts have bottle return, and the reason why only a select number of states have it.
Can you exchange bottles and cans at Walmart? Let's dive in.
Does Walmart Have a Bottle Return?
Yes, Walmart has bottle return, but only in 10 states in the US. This is because only ten states have signed a bottle bill – the program used to incentivize recycling bottles.
Here is the list of states that use the bottle return program:
- New York
Most of these states offer five cents per bottle and can. Michigan and Oregon, however, give ten cents for every bottle and can, and Vermont, Maine, and California offer more for larger bottles or glass bottles.
Because every province in Canada has a functioning bottle bill, Walmarts throughout Canada employ bottle returns. The same daily limit is in force, however.
When does bottle return open and close at Walmart?
Generally, Walmart bottle returns are open during the day and has their own hours separate from regular store hours. Even if a Walmart supercenter is open for 24 hours, the bottle return hours can be limited. If you are planning to return your cans and bottles to Walmart, check the the hours of operation before heading in.
Is There a Limit on the Walmart Bottle Return?
Walmart does offer bottle returns, but customers can only return up to $25 worth of bottles and cans in one day. For states with a ten-cent deposit, this is 250 bottles or cans. States (and Canadian provinces) with a five-cent deposit system can return up to 500 every day. If you bring fewer than 500 bottles, you will be fine returning them to Walmart
Does Walmart Bottle Return Accept Bottles From Other Stores?
The Walmart stores that do have bottle returns accept all bottles that match a product in its inventory. Essentially, if the specific Wally World location sells the brand of the bottle that you are looking to return, you will be able to get money from it, even if you bought it somewhere else.
However, this still only applies to the ten states that have a bottle or can deposit. It is impossible (and illegal) to return bottles from other states for a deposit. It’s easy to tell where a can was purchased: there will be bottle return information etched on top of the can if you can get a deposit from it. Bottles are more complicated, but a bottle that didn’t have a deposit paid won’t go through the scanner.