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Third redemption center to open in East County

A new redemption center in Gresham could open in October

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative plans to open a BottleDrop redemption center at the old Salvation Army building at 1313 East Powell Blvd., in Gresham. The cooperative is waiting for a response on an application submitted to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, but when approved, this will be the third redemption center in East Multnomah County, said Alisa Shifflett, project manager.

In 2010, the cooperative opened the state's first center in Wood Village. Since then, centers have opened in Salem and Oregon City, with a Portland location set to open in mid August off Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street. More centers are scheduled to open in Bend and North Salem by the end of the year,

BottleDrop centers are facilities where residents can return recyclables approved under the Oregon Bottle Bill – such as cans, bottles and other containers of carbonated soft drinks, beer and as of 2009, water – for a five-cent refund.

The redemption centers offer customers three ways to return their bottles, including a hand count option available for customers with fewer than 50 items, self-service machines for those with fewer than 350 and an EZ Drop feature for customers who open a BottleDrop account.

The state-wide cooperative plans to open four redemption centers a year, Shifflett said.

“The existing redemption centers are extremely successful,” Shifflett said. “Our measurement of success is at a minimum to receive what the participating retailers historically receive. We receive double.”

Redemption centers replace the reverse vending machines typically found at retail locations within a one-and-a-half to three-mile radius depending on the zone.

Participating retailers for the Powell location include the Safeways at 1455 N.E. Division St. and 1001 S.W. Highland Dr., Fred Meyer at 2497 S.E. Burnside Road, Winco at 2511 S.E. First St. and Bi-Mart at 2800 S.E. 242nd Dr.

For more information, visit www.obrc.com.

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