Oregonians are about to have double the reason to recycle beverage containers. Starting April 1, 2017 consumers will get 10 cents for each beverage container they recycle at a return center — the first increase in the Oregon Bottle Bill’s 45-year history.
Many Master Recyclers wrote and called this month wanting a response to the op-ed piece in the New York Times that claims that recycling is a waste of time. I shared a number of links that I also posted on Facebook. However, I wasn’t going to write a newsletter article myself. My inclination is to ignore these inflammatory stories, because I think we all know that there is value in recycling when it is done right. Ninety-five percent of people in the metro area consider themselves recyclers. We feel that it’s the right thing to do. Don’t give the guy who wrote the piece more attention than deserved.
But then I was thinking that this was an opportunity to talk about how great recycling is here in our state—and how we can make it even better.