is a committed steward of this legacy as we work through the coming changes to Oregon's iconic bottle law.
During several OBRC meetings at my place, Michael would arrive five or ten minutes early, but would stay in his car or stand outside next to his car since, as he put it: 'I have not been invited till 3 pm'.
Michael Gallagher continued as a member of OBRC till his retirement in 1998.
The OBRC measures only those containers dropped off at the newly launched bottle drop facilities or fed into its reverse vending machines at grocery stores as having been recycled.
The OBRC will contend that its bottle drop facilities work better, but these facilities are still chained to the reverse vending machine business model - with the exception being that you can sign up to obtain a bag and drop off containers in larger quantities.
But this further reduces the recycling rate as measured by the OBRC and puts additional funds into the cooperative's till, a monopoly sanctioned by state law.
Oregon seems completely wedded to the concept that if you pay 5 cents, or the impending 10 cents, this exact amount must be refunded to you, but only if you jump through all the hoops with the OBRC's cumbersome system.
Can't it revise the OBRC's business model to permit a second method whereby consumers return containers in bulk, flatted for ease of transport, and receive a payment based on weight and scrap value, plus a percentage of the nonrefunded 5-cent fee from the previous quarter?
These deposits are a key funding source for OBRC's $27-plus million annual operating budget, which is a unique and important element of Oregon's Bottle Bill, because no taxpayer dollars are needed.
It was said that the upcoming deposit increase to 10 cents will result in more unredeemed monies for OBRC. In fact, the only other state with a 10-cent deposit is Michigan, which reports a 94 percent redemption rate.
OBRC is also diligently searching for Eugene/Springfield properties where at least two additional BottleDrop facilities will be located.
If prodding us to recycle really is the issue, why isn't OBRC
constructing additional redemption centers, and/or considering stationing recycling trucks throughout our communities like Goodwill Industries does?