Oregon bottle deposit rising to a dime next year

Effort to boost redemption rates

Bottles of soda pop (Public Domain Photos, Peter Griffin)
Bottles of soda pop (Public Domain Photos, Peter Griffin)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s bottle deposit is doubling next April in an effort to boost redemption rates.

Five years ago, the Legislature decided that if the redemption rate fell below 80 percent for two consecutive years, the 5 cent bottle deposit would be doubled to a dime.

The redemption rate didn’t even hit 70 percent in 2014 and 2015, so the deposit will rise April 1.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Christie Scott tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that the state will use the lag time to work with manufacturers, beverage distributors and consumers to prepare for the change.

Cans and bottle labeling must be updated to reflect the 10 cent deposit and redemption centers must reprogram their machines.

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