Changes to returnables
June 27, 2014
Here comes "BottleDrop"
The newest BottleDrop Redemption Center will open in Eugene, Ore. on July 1, 2014. BottleDrop will allow consumers to redeem their bottles and cans quickly and efficiently in a fully staffed, indoor facility seven days a week from 9am to 7pm. The new redemption center, located at 2105 W Broadway, is operated by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) in partnership with participating area grocery retailers.
The 2,200 sq. ft. facility is attached to the new OBRC processing plant. The Redemption Center will employ approximately 8 people and offer three convenient ways to redeem Oregon deposit containers:
* Hand Count- Staff will count up to 50 containers per person.
* Self-Serve- Automated machines will accept up to 350 containers per day.
* EZ Drop- Pre-labeled bags can be filled at home with deposit containers and dropped off 24 hours a day. Redemption center staff will count and sort the containers. EZ Drop customers can access the cash value from their account within 48 hours at participating grocery store kiosks or any BottleDrop location.
“We’re working to modernize the now 43-year-old bottle bill by changing from a ‘return-to-retail’ structure to a more efficient, user-friendly redemption center model,” says John Andersen, President of OBRC. “This is part of our ongoing effort to increase Oregon’s redemption rates and deliver a positive experience to consumers.”
Participating grocery stores within 2 miles of the new redemption center will no longer be required to accept deposit containers after July 13, 2014. Participating grocery stores within a 3.5 mile radius will accept a maximum of 24 containers per day.
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