Try Recycling Your WA Cans in OR and You’re in Big Trouble, Mister
I keep forgetting every single damn thing in the world revolves around money.
How come they did THIS and not THAT? Money.
Why do something that makes sense, when it's just plain cheaper to do the thing that doesn't make sense? Money.
As goes the reason the state of Oregon wants to fine you up to $250 if you recycle containers from Washington in Oregon.
They say it's stealing!
The actual reason is a little complicated. Oregon taxes glass bottles and the money from recycling is actually a REBATE! By taking bottles NOT taxed to Oregon centers to get the rebate is stealing from Oregon shoppers, they say. If Washington residents purchase bottles in Oregon, they're WELCOME to recycle them in Oregon, because they paid the tax and deserve the rebate.
Oregon is so serious about this they have posted GUARDS at some recycling centers.