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State adds to beverage bottles charging deposit, TVFR seeking volunteers and Red Cross blood donations

Volunteer with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

Tualatin Fire & Rescue is seeking volunteers. Come to an open house Tuesday, Jan. 7, and find out more about how you can help.

Tuesday, 6-9 p.m., 12617 S.W. Walnut St., Tigard.

Red Cross seeks blood donors this winter

During this season of giving, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don't have to worry about the availability of blood this winter.

Blood and platelet donations of all types are needed, especially type O.

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. However, a patient's need for lifesaving treatment doesn't take a vacation or stop for nasty weather.

Blood and platelets are needed every day for those receiving treatment for cancer and leukemia, accident and burn victims and surgical patients, among others.

As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross between now and Sunday, Jan. 5, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Wilsonville

Friday, Jan. 3: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Charbonneau Country Club, 32000 S.W. Charbonneau Drive

Monday, Jan. 6: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., World of Speed, 27490 S.W. 95th Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 9: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fred Meyer Store, 30300 S.W. Boones Ferry Road

Canby

Thursday, Jan. 2: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Burgerville, 909 S.W. First Ave.

Friday, Jan. 10: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Canby Fire Department, 221 S. Pine St.

Smoothie bottles to require 10 cent deposit

Starting in the New Year, Oregonians will have a slightly expanded menu of redeemable product types eligible for redemption.

The seven-member panel of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Dec. 19 approved updates to the Bottle Bill through a technical rules package. The approved changes represent a combination of updates made during the legislative session and as well as from Commission action.

Rule changes are effective Jan. 1 and include the addition under the Bottle Bill of the following beverages in sizes from 4 oz up to and including 1.5 liters:

  • Kefir, drinkable yogurt, milk-based smoothies and other beverages that are primarily milk or plant-based milk but include other ingredients such as fruit (milk and plant-based milks are still exempt).
  • Other changes that were adopted based on action within the Oregon Legislature included:
  • Addition of kombucha and hard seltzer beverages in container sizes 3 liters or less (SB 247).
  • Requirement for redemption centers to register annually with the OLCC and pay a $3,000 fee for each center. Proceeds from this fee will go to support costs of the program (SB 247).
  • Requirement for beverage distributers to report sales and return data to the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (SB 914).

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