2 States Now Pay 10 Cents for Your Cans, Bottles

Although, technically, you pay the deposit first
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2017 2:56 PM CDT
2 States Now Pay 10 Cents for Your Cans, Bottles
In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Michael Swadberg turns in bottles at a Bottledrop Oregon Redemption Center in Gresham, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

(Newser) – Ten states have bottle bills, meaning consumers pay a small deposit when they buy drinks in bottles or cans and that deposit is returned to them if they recycle the containers with the state rather than simply throwing them away. Most states pay 5 cents per can or bottle, but starting Saturday, Oregon will become the second state to double that amount to 10 cents, the Hillsboro Tribune reports. (Michigan was the first.) California also pays 10 cents for bottles 24oz or larger, while Maine and Vermont pay 15 cents for liquor bottles. The AP notes that Oregonians who knew the amount was getting bumped higher lined up to do their recycling Saturday. (Read more recycling stories.)

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