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Old 10-11-2012, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The last returnable Coke bottles in America rolled off the line at a small bottling plant in Minnesota this week. The plant, which supplies just four counties, had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but it says it no longer makes economic sense to refill the 6.5-ounce glass bottles, especially since people now tend to keep the vintage bottles instead of returning them, the AP reports.

Last Returnable Coke Bottle Rolls Off the Line - End of an era at Minnesota bottler
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Wow, I cannot remember the last time I even saw a 6.5 oz refillable glass Coke bottle in this country outside of a museum. I had no idea it was still available for sale anywhere. Even the Mexican Coke in glass bottles at the supermarket are nearly twice as large at 12 oz.

6.5 ounces... when I was a kid, that was the standard serving. Hard to remember, for those of us who were there. Hard to imagine for those of us who are younger than that.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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We used to have cases and cases of Coke in the basement at my house. All returnables, too.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:51 PM
 
Location: East Terrell Hills
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Wow, I didn't even think soft drinks came in glass bottles anymore. Empty soda bottles were like gold to a six year old kid. I would always sell them at the courtesy booth at the neighborhood grocery store. THAT was recycling.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I remember my great-grandmother's soda addiction... She always had at least a case of the little returnable empties lying around. 12 oz aluminum cans were already the de facto serving size by then, so as a kid, I thought the bottles were cool.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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Sad to see an era come to a close.

My father and his coworkers used to have a contest during their break at work each day, to see whose Coca-Cola bottle came from farthest away (for those who don't remember or who weren't around back then, the name of the city where each bottle was made was molded into the bottom of the bottle). The contest winner got a free Coke!

Of course, Cokes cost all of a nickel back then...
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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My father and his coworkers used to have a contest during their break at work each day, to see whose Coca-Cola bottle came from farthest away (for those who don't remember or who weren't around back then, the name of the city where each bottle was made was molded into the bottom of the bottle). The contest winner got a free Coke!
Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten about the city markings.

I recently read the biography of a former CEO of Coke, who spent his entire career working for them in different countries around the world. And of course the rivalry with Pepsi was always fierce. In some Asian country one bottler or the other... I forget which... was redeeming the other's bottles for the deposit, then throwing them on a huge pile in back of the plant.

Why? Because the bottles cost far more than the deposit, and the economics of the bottling business model was based on reusing the bottles over and over and over. I can remember getting full bottles where the raised letters on the sides had been sanded smooth by being used so many times. Anyway, this particular bottler was trying to drive his rival out of business by making him buy lots more new bottles than normal!
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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I have got 6 original 6.5 oz Coke bottles in storage.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I have got 6 original 6.5 oz Coke bottles in storage.
Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse?
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