In an effort to get more residents to return cans and bottles, the State of Oregon has doubled the payout of recycled cans and bottles to 10 cents per can and bottle. And during the first weekend of the increase, residents in the city of Medford brought in 30,000 recyclable bottles and cans for payout, triple the usual weekend amount.
Due to the high volume of returns, staff members are claiming they are running out of money at several of the state’s redemption centers.
KTVL has more details:
It was the first weekend the price bumped up for bottle and can recycling and the lines in Medford certainly showed it.
Hundreds came by the BottleDrop Redemption Center over the weekend to cash in their recyclables.
The state now gives back ten cents per bottle instead of five.