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The Bottle Bill & Redemption Centers

About the Bottle Bill




  

The refund value on approved containers in Oregon is 10-cents, regardless of what is written on the label. 

House Bill 3145 amended the Bottle Bill in 2011 to add all beverages except wine, liquor, dairy or plant-based milk, meal replacement beverages, and infant formula to the Bottle Bill beginning Jan. 1, 2018. 
 
Beer, soft drinks and water will continue to be covered in containers that are 3 liters or less in size, but the new beverages will be covered only if they are in bottles or cans from 4 ounces to 1.5 liters in size. Metal cans that require a can opener will also not be included.

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2018 Expansion

As of January 1, 2018, additional beverages will be included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and will have a refund value of 10 cents per container (ORS 459A.702).

Included:
Most beverages will be added in sealed glass, metal, and plastic cans and bottles in sizes from 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters. Examples of common beverages that are included:
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Kombucha
  • Energy and Sports Drinks
  • Hard Cider
  • Juice
Soda, Beer, and Water will continue to be included (3 liters or less in size).
 
 
 
NOT Included:
Beverages that are NOT included: 
  • Wine/Distilled Spirits
  • Milk (dairy and plant-based)
  • Infant Formula
  • Meal-Replacement Drinks
The refund value on all beverages included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill is 10 cents regardless of what is written on the label. Manufacturers have until January 1, 2019 to include the 10-cent refund value on containers for the new beverages.
 
2018 Expansion Overview Fact Sheet 
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Bottle Bill FAQs (English)2018 Expansion FAQs

For additional questions not mentioned in the FAQ's, please contact OLCC at OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov
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Retailer Signs Required to Limit Container Returns

All stores that sell beverages in beverage containers to a consumer must accept empty beverage container returns at all hours the store is open.  (The one exception is that stores 5,000 or more square feet that are located within Zone 1 of a redemption center convenience zone and participate in that redemption center do not accept empty containers.)  In order to legally limit the number of container returns, stores must post in each area where empty containers are received a clearly visible and legible sign. These downloadable signs meet this requirement for stores.
 
Signs for stores 5,000 or more square feet not in a redemption center zone: 
 
Stores 5,000 or more square feet that are in a redemption center zone and are participating in that redemption center may obtain signs from the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC).
 
To see if you are in an approved redemption center convenience zone, which can lower the number of containers you must accept, please call Becky Voelkel at 503-872-5132, or email OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Beverage Container Return Data

In 2012, the Legislative Assembly passed Senate Bill 1508, which would allow two or more beverage distributors to establish a cooperative and require cooperatives, distributors and importers to report information on bottle returns to OLCC.

ORS 459A.718(6)(a) states that by August 1 of each calendar year, the OLCC shall calculate the previous calendar year’s percentage of beverage containers returned for the refund value for each distributor cooperative and for each distributor/importer that does not participate in a distributor cooperative. The OLCC shall carry out the calculation separately for glass, metal, and plastic containers and shall post the percentages on the website.

 

2016 Beverage Container Return Data
2015 Beverage Container Return Data
2014 Beverage Container Return Data
2013 Beverage Container Return Data
2012 Beverage Container Return Data

 



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Redemption Center Information

Redemption Centers

Applications Received & Public Notices 

 

Redemption Center Application Form
To request approval as a Beverage Container Redemption Center, please complete the Redemption Center Application.   
 
Mail the completed form and attachments to: OLCC, 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222.   

 

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For information on the environmental impacts of the Bottle Bill.
DEQ (Oregon Department of Environmental Quality)

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Subscribe for Bottle Bill Updates

Subscribe to OLCC's email alerts to receive updates on Oregon's Bottle Bill.  Click the envelope below to subscribe! 
 
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For more information

Becky Voelkel, OLCC Bottle Bill Program
503-872-5132 
Toll free: 800-452-6522 (ext. 25132)
OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov


 


 

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