Double deposit on bottles and cans? That's the Legislature's 10 cents

SALEM, Ore. - The Legislature is looking at revamping Oregon's 38-year-old Bottle Bill by possibly doubling the nickel deposit, adding "redemption centers" relax demands on grocery stores, and requiring deposits on more containers like sports drinks, juice drinks, bottled coffees and teas.

Supporters say the changes would result in more containers being recycled, and problems with grocery-store recycling machines, including breakdowns and long lines, discourage returns.

Grocery stores and distributors' representatives want to delay discussion of bottle bill additions until 2011 because the return system needs time to absorb the Jan. 1 addition of water bottles.

A state House committee has begun sorting through amendments of the bill introduced by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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