|UBCR (Used Beverage Container Recovery), LLC was formed to be an industry solution for the collection, transportation, and processing of empty beverage containers in the state of Michigan. We began picking up empty beverage containers from retailers in 1997. One driver, one tractor, and six trailers, picked up between 9 and 10 million cases of returnables from thirteen stores for ten distributors that first year. UBCR now has 32 drivers, 15 tractors, and 170 trailers picking up in excess of 108 million cases from 550 stores for over 100 distributor/wholesalers! UBCR, LLC is the exclusive pick-up agent for the Michigan Soft Drink Association and the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.
||Benefits to retailers include:
- Elimination of bag costs and simplification of back room materials inventory.
- A cleaner back room environment with empty containers stored in high-volume gaylord bins (provided at no cost by UBCR, LLC).
- Reduction of glass storage and sorting.
- Compatibility with all major makes of reverse vending machine
|UBCR, LLC operates around the clock (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from locations in Wixom and Grand Rapids. Retailers that redeem over 750,000 containers annually, utilize reverse vending machines with UPC detection capabilities, and are within a 100-mile radius of one of our locations are eligible for our services. Retailers who are within a 200-mile radius, meet volume and reverse vending machine criteria are eligible on a call-in basis with a full truck quantity (56 bins). Pickups are pre-scheduled on a weekly basis (frequency will vary depending on the retailers volume).