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Stores In Linn, Lincoln Counties Must Accept Bottle Returns Again

Igor Ovsyannykov

Stores in Linn and Lincoln Counties must accept bottle returns again.


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has allowed stores in “Extreme” or “High” risk counties to opt out of accepting bottles and cans. Now that Lincoln County is designated “Lower Risk” and Linn County is designated “Moderate Risk,” stores that sell deposit items must once again accept containers and process deposit refunds. 

The OLCC waived the requirement for all stores when Gov. Kate Brown announced a "Statewide Freeze" last fall as part of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 
With the addition of Linn and Lincoln Counties, there are now 20 (out of 36) counties in Oregon where stores are require to accept bottle and cans for deposite returns. The OLCC says its standalone "Bottledrop" centers, which are located in some communities, remain open regardless of county risk level. 

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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