News: New proposed Oregon deposit law would hit beer


The Associated Press is reporting this morning that a state task force says Oregon should double its nickel deposit on beer and soft drink containers in three years, expand the kinds of containers requiring deposits and set up redemption centers funded by grocers and bottlers to let some grocery stores stop accepting recyclables. But there is a split on the nine-member task force, with the three representatives of grocers and bottlers calling many of the changes “premature at best,” foreshadowing a possible raucous debate in the 2009 Legislature. Oregon passed the nation’s first bill requiring deposits on some containers in 1971 and 10 other states have similar laws.


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