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.
One major challenge for local governments and haulers has been the high cost of getting curbside glass to a market. Because curbside glass is mixed by color, it must go to an optical sorter for color sorting before going to a glass bottle manufacturer. Until recently, no local recyclers had optic sorting technology.
It looks like this trend will soon change.