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OLCC Extends Suspension Of Bottle Redemption Requirement

Chris Lehman

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it will continue to allow retailers to refuse empty cans and bottles until at least the end of April.

OLCC spokesman Mark Pettinger said grocery stores have better things to worry about now. Many stores have stepped up their cleaning protocols and are dealing with unprecedented demand thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. “We continue to feel that the suspension of the Bottle Bill redemption requirement for redeemable beverage containers will assist grocers in their ability to get their work done,” he said.

Oregonians can still return their empties at one of dozens of bottle redemption centers around the state. They’re open seven days a week, but with limited hours.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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