Stores not adhering to law? Call them on it

To the editor:

As a supporter of Oregon’s first-in-the-nation “Bottle Bill,” enacted in July 1971, my fisherman father left his pole at home. Instead of trout, steelhead or chinook salmon, he returned from his favorite spots with stuffed gunnysacks of aluminum cans and glass bottles. Though they didn’t offer refunds yet, he described his effort as a contribution so Oregonians could start anew with the implementation of our Bottle Bill.

As a young courtesy clerk, perhaps my contribution, as well as first job was counting thousands of dollars worth of such returnables.Sept. 25 letters to the editor

My concern today regards a corporate stance that not only fights the expansion of our innovative bill but appears to discourage its cycle of implementation. Instinctively noting the refund procedures of various retail outlets, there appears to be a wide discrepancy with regard to courtesy and cleanliness. And while still making the effort to return my cans and bottles, it seems many have come to avoid it. That’s wrong.

If the retail outlet that so efficiently extracted the deposit for your cans and bottles does not provide an equally clean and efficient method of refunding it — you have recourse. Implementation and enforcement of Oregon’s Bottle Bill, including various penalties and sanctions, lie with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. And, as explained to me, no modern store can survive without the sale of alcohol, so when the OLCC speaks, they listen.

So if you feel the process of returning your cans and bottles is less than pleasant, and are perhaps skipping it altogether, don’t. Search “Oregon’s Bottle Bill - FAQ” and scroll down to non-compliance, enforcement or complaints.

Let’s see that everyone does their part to keep Oregon clean and green.

Viron Fessler, Gaston

Contract Publishing

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