This is the third in a series of articles on how JCMGA can be financially supported with little or no personal expense. This month, we are going to concentrate on returning redeemable bottles and cans through
Bottle Drop Give is the bottle and can drive that never ends for Oregon nonprofits like JCMGA. Supporters (that’s YOU!) fill blue plastic bags with their empty deposit containers and drop them off at 1179 Stowe Ave, Medford, OR 97501, just off N. Ross Lane. Bottle Drop is open 8am – 6pm daily if you want to take them inside the building. Much more convenient, though, is the small door on the side of the building. The label on the bag can be waved in front of the scanner next to the door to make it open. Drop your full bag inside and JCMGA will receive 10¢ for each container returned. To date, JCMGA has been earning about $200/month with this fundraiser.
The required blue bags are available on the table in the lobby of the OSU Extension. The printed label on the
front of each bag identifies it as creditable to JCMGA. Please fill the bags as full as possible because JCMGA
has to pay for each bag whether it is full or not.
Water bottles. Soda cans. Beer bottles. Sports drink bottles. Fruit juice bottles. These are just a few of the containers accepted by Bottle Drop. Most beverages have an Oregon refund value. There are too many
beverages on the market to list them all individually.
Rule of Thumb: Generally, if you can pour it and drink it, it’s covered unless it’s one of the specifically excluded beverages (distilled spirits, wine, dairy milk, plant‐based milk, infant formula, and liquid meal replacements) or if it’s in a carton, foil pouch, drink box, or metal container that requires a tool to be opened.
Included, but only if they are glass, metal, or plastic bottles or cans in the following sizes:
Beverages in sizes 3 liters or less:
- Soda (carbonated/sparkling beverages) * Beer and other malt beverages
- Water * Kombucha
Beverages in sizes from 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters:
- Hard Seltzer
- Coffee/tea (even if they contain milk)
- Energy and sports drinks
- Fruit and vegetable juice (does not have to be 100%)
- Smoothies and shakes
- Aloe vera juice
- Coconut water
- Non‐alcohol wine
- Drinking vinegar
- Hard cider if 8.5% ABV or less
- Marijuana beverages
- Muscle Milk
- Protein shakes (unless marketed as a liquid meal replacement)
- Ready‐to‐drink cocktail mixers, like margarita mix or bloody Mary mix
- Thank you for your contribution!