Bottle recycling triples over the weekend after price per bottle increases to 10 cents

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - It was the first weekend the price bumped up for bottle and can recycling and the lines in Medford certainly showed it.

Hundreds came by the BottleDrop Redemption Center over the weekend to cash in their recyclables.

The state now gives back ten cents per bottle instead of five.

Staff say a normal weekend would bring in about 8,000 to 10,000 bottles.

This weekend brought in about 30,000.

However, community members like Ron Lindsey are unsure of the long term effects.

"It'll prompt people to recycle more but at the same time, is it really going to affect prices when I purchase it at the counter? It's kind of a love hate relationship. I'm not sure if it's good or bad. As of right now, because I’m returning - it's good, but how is that going to affect prices at the stores?" Lindsey said.

Because of the high volumes of people, staff says they’re running out of money at several of the drop stations.

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