Oregon Bottle Deposit Inrcease!
As of April 1st, 2017, the Oregon State bottle deposit will jump up from $.05 to $.10 per container. For the full nitty-gritty details visit this firstname.lastname@example.org website. The overall effect of the original 1971 law was essential in keeping the environment a greener place. As an 8-year-old kid I could make a killing with a few discarded bottle finds at Gumps Grocery. In 1971 you could buy a first class stamp for $0.08, a loaf of bread for $0.25 and a gallon of gas $0.44 cost less than a gallon of milk $1.32. The increase to $0.10 will help incentivize people to return cans, but it's not like people have returned to tossin' 'em out a speeding car. Nope, we are a lazy sort and we have resorted to eating the nickel in the face of easier curbside recycling options. So, I'm not optimistic that the increase will help clean up the environment or alter the statistic that we are recycling more.
As a small business our return policy is to take the returns you bring in for redemption out to our recycle bin for Republic to haul away. We could sort and send bottles and cans back to the distributor for our deposit, but for 10 or 12 items a week that we receive, it just is not worth our time or limited space constraints to manage empties. I don't anticipate an increase in returns with the April 1st, 2017 law. But, in the event that we do, here is our policy. We will only accept quantities less than 24 in a 24 hour time period. We will not accept items that pose a health risk with unidentified substances / obvious dirt in the container. And, you must have proof of purchase that the bottles and cans originated from Corvallis Brewing Supply....so, keep your receipts!