Oregon's first-in-the-nation bottle recycling program will now double the payout for used soda cans and glass bottles, and frugal residents have been stockpiling for months in anticipation. - From KIRO
With other recycling options now commonplace, this eco-trailblazing Pacific Northwest state is hoping to revamp the program with the increase from 5 to 10 cents for bottled and canned water, soda, beer and malt beverages — regardless what their labels say.
Michigan is the only other with an across-the-board 10 cent-payout, although booze and other large bottles go for 10 cents in California and 15 cents in Maine and Vermont.
But as curbside recycling and pickup services were brought on board two decades later — not to mention effects of inflation on the nickel's value — the rates at which people cashed in their bottles and cans gradually tumbled from 90 percent averages to under 70 percent of all bottle sales statewide in 2014 and 2015.
Oregon currently retains 0 percent." More recently, distributors participating in the Oregon co-op are using the funds to build, operate and staff upscale stand-alone redemption sites, which relieves nearby grocery stores of the responsibility.
Betsy Johnson, a Democrat from Scappoose, Oregon, about 30 mils northwest of Portland, said the co-op's slow building and shift away from some grocery retailers has been among her concerns for smaller communities like hers.