FILE – In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Michael Swadberg changes in bottles at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore. Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5-cent refunds for the recycling of used bottles and cans of soda for more than 45 years ago. Now, in an effort to encourage recycling, this eco-pioneering a doubling of the refund. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon was the first state in the nation to give 5 cent refunds for the recycling of soft drink cans and glass bottles more than 45 years ago.
Now, in an effort to encourage recycling, this eco-pioneering a doubling of the refund.
Oregon’s groundbreaking 1971 Bottle Bill was implemented in nine other states and Guam. But back to the rates recently dropped below the 70 percent_triggering the reimbursement hike as required by law.
The new 10-cent rate goes into effect on Saturday, and the most sober of the Oregonians are hoarding bottles for months in anticipation of the roll-out.
Naysayers, meanwhile, say that it is bad policy for the private sector pockets the remaining repayments, around $30 million in 2015, during a budget crisis in Oregon, where the jobs and the taxes on the line to help out as much as $1.6 billion deficit.