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Oregon Bottle Deposit Likely To Double In 2017


A bottle is turned in at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore., Friday, July 31, 2015. New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit and the data suggests the state is on track to double the deposit to 10 cents per bottle in 2017.

A bottle is turned in at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore., Friday, July 31, 2015. New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit and the data suggests the state is on track to double the deposit to 10 cents per bottle in 2017.

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A hike in bottle deposits is likely in 2017 as Oregon commissioners consider a House bill passed in 2011 that called for deposits to double if the redemption rate had dipped below 80 percent for two consecutive years.

“The deposit going up is extremely likely,” said Cherilyn Bertges, a spokesperson for the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, which is part of BottleDrop, a system for redeeming beverage containers.

“From everything that we’ve seen, we are preparing for (the deposit) to go up.”

Redemption data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for 2013 and 2014 shows that both years had return rates of about 70 percent.

Read more at the Herald and News.

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