A hike in bottle deposits is likely in 2017 as Oregon commissioners consider a House bill passed in 2011 that called for deposits to double if the redemption rate had dipped below 80 percent for two consecutive years.
Therein lies the problem: having required street-side recycling as part of garbage removal across most of the state, Willamette Valley Democratics saw redemption rates for bottles and cans decline. Suddenly, this was a problem because more people were (GASP!) recycling their bottles and cans at the street during garbage pickups! They weren't wasting time standing in lines and feeding bottles and cans into reverse-vending machines and battling the smell and the wasps to do so!
This was a crisis, and so they passed a law that required people to redeem their bottles and cans at these reverse-vending machines, and if for two years in a row they did not meet an arbitrary compliance standard of 80%, then they would be punished by seeing the deposit per container double in cost. It's not about recycling or Saving The Planet™ or any of that other hokum - it's about politicians forcing you to do their bidding, or else.