Most cans and bottles sold in Maine (and Oregon, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont) are tagged with a deposit when you buy them in the store — a nickel for most, $.15 for wine bottles. The old way of getting your money back was to drive to a redemption center and physically turn in each bottle and can. You'd usually be at the mercy of some bored underpaid employee and often stuck in a long line.
CLYNK changes all that. CLYNK customers can just drop redeemable off in a CLYNK bag at one of 22 Maine Hannaford grocery stores and run —the tagged bags are brought to a central facility and automatically processed. The money generated from the bottles and cans are credited to a customers account and is redeemable for cash at any time.
Here's a video of a WCSH clip from earlier this year (when it was only in four stores) that shows how it all works.
It's a great greener way of doing things and I can't wait to see the program take off everywhere they land.