The People's Depot (TPD) is a beverage container redemption center that is operated by canners, for canners—people who collect cans and bottles for income. Ground Score started TPD as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic when Oregon stopped enforcing its Bottle Bill and canners were left with few places to redeem cans and bottles.
Each day TPD processes about 30,000 beverage containers and serves 100+ canners. One of the most efficient redemption centers in town, TPD serves a person a minute. The People’s Depot was initially supported by the City of Portland and is now funded by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative and private donations.
The People’s Depot generates formal, benefitted jobs for workers with a background in informal can and bottle collection, serves hundreds of canners a week in the Central Eastside, and prevents the emission of hundreds of tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.