Kitzhaber signs Ore. bottle deposit system revamp

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill revamping Oregon's bottle deposit system.

The bill signed Thursday will make the deposit system apply to just about any glass, metal or plastic beverage container -- effective by 2018. The existing law requires a deposit for plastic water and soda bottles but not for nearly identical iced tea bottles.

The measure also increases the current nickel deposit to a dime if redemption falls below 80 percent for two consecutive years.

It's currently just below that level. And the new law expands an experiment with centralized redemption centers that allow people to redeem bottles in specialized locations instead of at the local grocery store.

Kitzhaber says the bill will decrease litter and improve recycling.