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Oregon Prepares To Give Dimes For Bottles

Don Ryan/AP

March figures to be a very slow month at the bottle returns in Oregon.  Because the first day of April, the money paid for each bottle doubles, from a nickel to a dime. 

It's a change in Oregon law that requires more money to be paid per container if the level of container recycling falls below 80 percent for two years running. 

It did, so now the nickel returns become dime returns. 

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative runs centers all over the state; you hear how the system works.  We also include Recology from Ashland, with perspective on what people might be doing with deposit bottles in their recycle bins.   


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.