People living in Bend now have a place to drop off their cans and bottles 24 hours a day.
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative opened its new BottleDrop Redemption Center Thursday. It’s the first such facility to open in Oregon East of the Cascades.
Redemption centers are overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which has regulatory authority over Oregon’s Bottle Bill.
Public affairs specialist Christie Scott says now that the redemption center is open for business, many retailers in the area will no longer be required to take up to 144 containers per day.
“The grocery stores do still have to take back a certain limited number of bottles. But certainly the people who have, you know, a hundred bottles can get better convenience at a redemption center,” said Scott.
The new redemption center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to to 6 p.m.
Customers can redeem as many as 350 containers each day using the self-serve machines. The center also maintains a drop off service that customers can use 24 hours a day.