Elaine S. Povich

Elaine S. Povich

Elaine S. Povich covers education and consumer affairs for Stateline. Povich has reported for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and United Press International.

In Oregon, residents can earn 10 cents by recycling many beverages in glass, metal or plastic containers that contain less than 3 liters of liquid.

In states that pay bottle deposits, private redemption centers are struggling

By: - August 18, 2023

WEST BATH, Maine — On a recent morning, Tricia Rines, a redemption center worker in the small town of West Bath, Maine, expertly tossed dozens of different plastic returnable bottles into separate bins at her facility, seemingly flipping them into the correct containers by muscle memory. Soda here, sports drink there, water over to the […]