In an effort to get more residents to return cans and bottles, the State of Oregon will begin doubling the payout for recycled cans and glass bottles, bringing the payout to 10 cents per can and bottle.
In 2014 and 2015, the rates at which residents cashed in their bottles and cans dropped from 90 percent to less than 70 percent of all bottle sales. This decline is what caused the state to move forward with the new 10-cent rate, which went into effect this past weekend.
The Associated Press has more:
Oregon’s first-in-the-nation bottle recycling program will now double the payout for used soda cans and glass bottles, and frugal residents have been stockpiling for months in anticipation.
With other recycling options now commonplace, this eco-trailblazing Pacific Northwest state is hoping to revamp the program with the increase from 5 to 10 cents for bottled and canned water, soda, beer and malt beverages — regardless what their labels say.