Bottle returns to stop accepting 5 cent containers Oct. 1
If you have old nickel-deposit soda or beer cans and bottles lying around, better trade them in for a dime. After the end of the month, they won't be worth much.
Containers marked for a 5 cent refund must be redeemed no later than Sept. 30, Oregon's Liquor Control Commission said Monday. After that, bottle drops won't take the "OR-5¢" cans and bottles.
After that, the state will only redeem beverage containers bearing the new 10 cent refund.
In 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission doubled the redemption value of the Oregon Bottle Bill from 5 cents to 10 cents, in an effort to encourage residents to recycle their soda cans and bottles.
After raising the refund to 10 cents, Oregon grocery stores and bottle return drop off sites have been refunding the 5 cent containers at the higher 10 cent rate. That practice will end Sept. 30, state officials said.
Beginning in October, the 5-cent containers will have no redemption value, but can still be recycled.
The 5-cent refund value is on soft drinks, beer and water beverages in metal, glass or plastic containers. Water, beer and carbonated soft drink containers marked with "OR-5¢" could still be sold through Sept. 30, even though the refund value was increased to 10 cents.
In January, the state's Bottle Bill expanded to add, among other things, bottles and cans with fruit juices, coffee/tea, sports drinks and hard cider. Consumers may be charged a 10-cent deposit on the beverage containers, but manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2019, to add "OR-10¢" to their containers.
According to the OLCC, which enforces the state's Bottle Bill, only about 64 percent of Oregonian returned their empty bottles and cans to the state in 2015.
Oregon was the first state in the country to pass a bottle bill in 1971. The bill requires customers to pay for 10 cent deposits on cans and bottles, which they can reclaim when they recycle the cans with the state, instead of throwing them away.
Oregon is the second state with a 10 cent deposit for all bottles and cans, joining Michigan. Most other states have a 5 cent deposit, through Maine and Vermont have 15 cent deposits for liquor bottles.