Lots of people around the Pacific Northwest set out their glass for curbside recycling. But in some cases, glass isn't being brought to a recycling plant to be made into new glass products. Rather, it's ending up in large piles in landfills.
It was a very green year for the Oregon Legislature in 2007, with bills to promote renewable energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions and expand a pioneering bottle bill. It's been a different story so far in the 2009 session.
In a party-line vote, a House panel has approved a bill that would add new containers to the list of bottles eligible for redemption under Oregon's bottle bill.
House Bill 2184 would also increase the deposit from a nickel to a dime if the state...
Starting Jan. 1, Oregonians will have to cough up an extra nickel when they buy a bottle of water. Adding deposits for water containers is one of the major changes to the 38-year-old Oregon bottle bill that now covers beer and soda containers.
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 to let some grocery stores stop accepting recyclables.
Plastic water bottles would be added to Oregon's bottle bill, the only change to it since it became the first of its kind in the nation in 1971, under a bill that was approved Monday by the Oregon Senate.