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Oregon bottle deposit will increase to 10 cents per container in 2017

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The deposit for beverage containers in Oregon will double in April 2017.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which administers and enforces the Oregon Bottle Bill, announced the redemption value will increase from 5 cents to 10 cents per container.

Oregon law states that if the return rate for beverage containers fell below 80 percent for two consecutive years, the deposit price would increase to 10 cents.

The redemption rate for beverage containers was 68 percent in 2014 and 64 percent in 2015

In anticipation of the change, OLCC workers have reached out to product manufacturers, beverage distributors, and retail outlets to discuss labeling changes, product sell-through issues, signage at stores and information resources for clerks to support customer awareness and education.

Oregon's Bottle Bill was the first in the U.S. when it was introduced in 1971. Oregon will be the first state to increase a previously set deposit amount, according to the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and the Northwest Grocery Association.

The two organizations said they will continue to site, build and operate redemption centers in preparation for next April.  

Beverages in containers under three liters that are part of the Bottle Bill include water, flavored water, soda water, mineral water, carbonated soft drinks, beer and malt beverages.

For more information, go to Oregon.gov/OLCC.

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