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Landon John Bentz
July 28, 1993 — March 8, 2017
Landon John Bentz passed away
March 8, 2017, in Missoula, Montana.
Landon was born in Silverton on July 28,
1993, to Lance and Karen Bentz. He at-
tended Silverton High School, and upon
graduation joined the Navy as a Seabee.
After five years of service, Landon was
attending school at the University of
Landon is survived by his parents,
Lance and Karen; brother Lucas; sister-
in-law Kendra; and his grandpa, John C.
A celebration of life will be held from
1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 7, at First Chris-
tian Church in Silverton. In lieu of flow-
ers, contributions can made to First
Christian Church, where they will be for-
warded to the Aloha Foundation in Ti-
mor-Leste, where Landon helped build a
medical center while on deployment.
Private burial will be held at Willamette
National Cemetery and the Maplewood
Cemetery in Scotts Mills.
Arrangements by Unger Funeral
Bernadette Joyce Manahan
Dec. 25, 1926 — March 16, 2017
Bernadette Joyce Ma-
nahan, 90, was born Dec.
25, 1926, in Long Beach,
California, and passed
away March 16, 2017, in
She was a loving moth-
er of eight children: Dan
Hadsell, Sally Inskeep, Mary Johnson,
Patrice Evans, Katherine Olsen, Phillip
Hadsell, Kevin Hadsell and David Had-
sell; 24 grandchildren; and 21 great-
grandchildren, with one on the way.
Joyce spent a lifetime of faith and de-
votion to the Catholic Church. She at-
tended daily Mass, Bible studies, was a
lay minister visiting the sick, taking
communion to the dying and spreading
the message of God’s love to those in
need. She also took several pilgrimages
to holy sites including Medjugorje,
Lourdes, Jerusalem and the Vatican for
the 2000 millennium celebration. She al-
ways prayed and encouraged her family
and others in their faith and walk with
Joyce resided in California before
moving to Silverton in 2004 to be near
her family. She quickly assimilated into
the small town by joining St. Paul’s
Church, volunteering at Silverton Hospi-
tal, participating in community events
and joining bridge groups. Her home be-
came a hub for all the family to gather.
Joyce was a great homemaker and car-
ried on family traditions and celebra-
tions throughout her life.
She leaves her family and friends
with cherished memories and legacies.
Her greatest wish for the people that she
touched is that they live in peace and
abide in God’s love. She will be deeply
Mass was held on March 23 at St. Ma-
ry Catholic Church in Mt. Angel. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to
Priests for Life at www.PriestsForLife-
Arrangements by Unger Funeral
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Oregon bottle deposit to increase to 10 cents
WHITNEY M. WOODWORTH
If you have a bag of soda cans, beer
bottles and water containers accumulat-
ing in the garage, you might want to wait
to redeem them — at least for another
On April 1, Oregon’s 5-cent bottle de-
posit refund will increase for the first
time, doubling to 10 cents, in an effort to
perk up lagging redemption rates.
The state became the first in the coun-
try to introduce a bottle bill back in 1971.
Backers of the bill sought to encour-
age the recycling of carbonated and malt
beverages, the most common containers
disposed of along Oregon highways,
trails and beaches.
More than a billion beverage contain-
ers are recycled in Oregon every year.
According to the Department of Envi-
ronment Quality, recycling those bever-
age containers saved 3 trillion BTUs of
energy and also reduced greenhouse gas
emissions by nearly 200,000 tons of car-
bon dioxide equivalents — equal to the
amount of carbon dioxide produced by
The bottle bill has also substantially
reduced beverage container litter, leav-
ing roadsides, parks and public lands
much cleaner, according to the DEQ.
For more than a decade, Oregon’s av-
erage return rate hovered above 90 per-
cent. By the 1990s, however, rates began
to dip. DEQ officials said while there are
a few issues behind the lagging rates,
one simple one is that the redemption
value has not kept up with inflation.
The nickel refund in 1971 would be
equal to about 31 cents in buying power
in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics. If adjusted for inflation, a
$1.86 deposit should be tacked on to a six
pack of beer instead of the actual 30
The DEQ stated there is strong evi-
dence that suggests the size of deposits
affects the return rate of containers.
Michigan, which has a minimum 10-cent
deposit, has a return rate about 90 per-
cent — the highest of all states with bot-
Over the years, changing trends, like
the surge of the popularity of plastic wa-
ter bottles, have added containers to bot-
tle drop list.
Return rates vary significantly for
different types of bottles and cans. Just
under 71 percent of metal containers are
returned for refund. About 67 percent of
glass containers are returned, and a little
over half of plastic containers were re-
Faced with declining rates and chang-
ing trends, the Oregon Legislature
passed a law creating a Bottle Bill Task
Force. The group set the return rate goal
of 80 percent and suggested the deposit
increase from a nickel to a dime.
Years of failed bills and industry in-
fighting ensued, but finally, in 2011, the
legislature passed a bill requiring the re-
demption value of cans, glass bottles and
plastic containers to increase if rates
dropped below the 80-percent threshold.
In 2014, the redemption rate was
about 68 percent. The next year, it
dipped even lower to about 64 percent. In
July 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission announced the time had
come to increase the bottle deposit. The
10-cent deposit would take effect April 1.
On March 20, the Oregon Senate over-
whelmingly passed a bill intending to
smooth the transition and reduce poten-
tial waste. The bill requires a 10-cent re-
fund for all covered containers, regard-
less of the value listed on the packaging,
starting on April 1. Containers that list a
5-cent deposit can be sold until Sept. 30,
“This bill smooths out the transition
considerably for retailers, helping them
have consistency in how to implement
the new deposit without wasting product
or creating confusion,” said Sen. Michael
Dembrow, D-Portland, in a statement.
“The higher deposit amount should im-
prove the recycling rates in the state, re-
ducing litter statewide and providing for
a cleaner environment.”
But, he added, the transition brings
the risk of confusion. The bill provides
consumers and retailers the certainty
MOLLY J. SMITH / STATESMAN JOURNAL
Orial Burnell of Turner loads bottles and cans into a machine at the BottleDrop Redemption
Center on 4815 Commercial St. SE on Tuesday, March 21, in Salem, Ore.
that on April 1, the redemption value of
every bottle will be 10 cents, no matter
what the label says.
Studies indicate the bill would have no
revenue impact and minimal fiscal im-
Visitors at the BottleDrop Redemp-
tion Center on 4815 Commercial St. SE
weren’t holding out for April 1. Some al-
ready knew about the refund change, but
the increase came as a surprise to most.
“I should wait,” said Ryan Rogers, of
He paused before continuing to load
cans and bottles into the self-serve kiosk.
About a dozen people filtered in and
out of the facility.
Over the din of jostling glasses and
metal, Orial and Wanda Burnell, of Tur-
ner, said they visited the drop about once
a month. The increase wouldn’t affect
them too much, Orial said.
“It goes out, it goes in about the same,”
Orial said, adding, “Having a place like
this is fantastic.”
It had been a long time since Wanda
and George Stephenson, of Salem,
stopped by the redemption center. They
hauled in bags full of accumulated soda
cans. “We don’t throw ours away like our
kids,” she said.
Wanda didn’t realize the same cans
could bring in double the money next
month. They stopped loading for a sec-
ond but then continued. The incremental
increase in the refund didn’t seem worth
derailing an errand.
Another customer remarked that the
already busy redemption center could
be even more hectic the first day the in-
crease takes effect.
All Bottle Drop locations will be fully
staffed and ready to serve on April 1, said
Cherilyn Bertges, spokeswoman for the
Oregon Beverage Recycling Coopera-
tive. The organization is also planning
several long-term changes to ensure a