Do You Remember Returnable Bottle Deposits?

bottle deposits straub breweryA brewery in Pennsylvania is searching for its returnable bottles -- do you have any in your recycling bin?

Straub Brewery has been around for 138 years and they've noticed their returnable bottle supply dramatically dwindling, so they're putting out a call to fans of the family-owned brew to get their deposit back by taking those empties to the place from whence they were purchased.

It's an interesting side effect of recycling, as returnable bottles are about to go the way of the Dodo. Honestly, I had already forgotten they were around.


With plastic soda bottles and beer cans flooding the market, a glass bottle can be hard to find. Although you can bet I'll be checking my receipt, and my grocery store for a return area, the next time I buy a six pack of bottles. I've been tossing them into the recycling bin, but as the brewery points out, why recycle when you can reuse?

The returnable bottles process was de rigueur in the Great Depression, and I remember my grandmother always returning her empty Coca-Cola bottles to the corner store to get that change back into her wallet -- so she could buy a few more Cokes, of course.

It seems like a process that makes a lot of sense not only economically, but ecologically as well. Of course there are only two Coca-Cola plants that still accept returnable bottles, so this practice may be too far gone to save.

Sounds like something only a Facebook page can handle. Hey, it worked for Betty White. Would you become a fan of "Bring Back Returnable Glass Bottles?"

Do you return glass bottles to get your deposit back?


Image via Straub Brewery

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