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Lincoln County stores will be required to accept redeemable bottles and cans this week as more Oregon counties move into lower COVID-19 risk categories.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will allow stores at “moderate” and “low-risk” levels to limit hours for accepting container redemption “to reduce the impact of processing beverage container returns.”

Most stores across Lincoln County have already been accepting returns, but all retailers must accept empties by Wednesday, March 3.

OLCC will continue a temporary non-enforcement posture for stores in counties with either “extreme” or “high” risk levels that choose not to redeem containers. However, stores in “extreme” or “high” risk counties can choose to accept containers.

Regardless of a county’s risk status, stores may continue to charge a deposit on redeemable containers.

BottleDrop redemption centers, operated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will remain open.

For any questions, contact the Bottle Bill program at [email protected].

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  1. The whole thing is a joke. They charge us a deposit and then won’t let you turn them back in? The bottle drop is a joke they charge you for everything so you lose Money going there. The casino dosen’t pay the deposit on there cans and bottles and then they throw thm away but they are supposed to be one with nature correct?

  2. The story is confusing. In Newport the only place you can return bottles and cans is that the official bottledrop location. All the stores stopped accepting them when the bottle drop opened. That was before the pandemic.

  3. It’s about time, there was no logical reason to discontinue recycling.
    Covid 19 is an excuse for everything.
    And those new composting cans??? Made in a foreign country, and that stupid
    rubber band is supposed to keep the crooked lid closed? What a joke.
    Our city council needs a reality check- like some in person meetings, instead of that commie zoom thing.


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