SCARBOROUGH, Maine — In a twist on processing beverage bottle and can returns, Hannaford Bros. here has replaced “reverse vending machines” in 20 of its 51 Maine stores with a service that accepts bags of bottles and cans, and electronically credits consumers for their returns. The service, called Clynk, also based here, uses technology to take much of the manual labor out of Maine's bottle bill procedures for consumers, while maintaining retailers as the staging and compensation hub. “We ...

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