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Oregon Will No Longer Allow Sale of 5-cent Redemption ValueContainers

Tiffany Eckert

CORRECTION: Containers that are marked with a 5-cent redemption value will still be accepted for return in Oregon.
The state bottle bill program has corrected a press release sent out Monday that incorrectly stated 5-cent containers would no longer be redeemable.
The sale of beverage containers with a 5-cent refund value will no longer be allowed after September 30th.

Time is running out for Oregonians who’ve put off turning in their bottles and cans for redemption. Beverage containers marked with a 5-cent refund value must be redeemed before the end of the month.

Beginning October 1st, only bottles and cans with a 10-cent refund value will be redeemable. The value of returnable containers went up to 10 cents on April 1st, 2017. Containers marked with a 5-cent value will still be recyclable in curbside bins after September 30th, but will no longer be redeemable.
Oregon’s first of its kind bottle bill was established in 1971. Since then, 9 other states have passed similar laws.


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.