Since April 1, 2017, consumers get a dime back for carbonated beverages and water containers recycled at a return center. This is the first increase in the Oregon Bottle Bill’s 45-year history.
The Bottle Bill is good for recycling
Oregon was the first state to enact a redemption program back in 1971, and early on, it was clear the program worked. The Bottle Bill collected more than 90 percent of the bottles and cans and reduced litter by 77 percent.
When Oregonians take bottles separately to be redeemed, they make it easier for our local recyclers to turn them into something new. Plus, you can get some money back!
As a reminder, the types of beverages that are part of the current Bottle Bill include carbonated soft drinks, beer, malt beverages, bottled water, flavored water, soda water and mineral water.
Portland residents have options when it comes to redeeming beverage containers. That includes taking containers to a local retailer or to a Bottle Drop Center to redeem these for money. Many of these containers are recycled right in our region. Learn more at www.bottledropcenters.com
As always, bottles and cans can still be set out for curbside collection without collecting that dime. At curbside, recycle soda and beer cans and plastic beverage bottles in your blue recycling roll cart and glass beer bottles in your yellow recycling bin.
Look for another change beginning January 1, 2018. That’s when more types of beverage containers will carry a deposit, including those for tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha.
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