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The Bottle Bill & Redemption Centers

About the Bottle Bill




  

As of April 17, 2017, the redemption value on containers has increased from 5 cents to 10 cents. 

In accordance with Oregon Law, the OLCC was required to evaluate state-wide redemption data for each of the two previous calendar years to determine if the number of beverage containers returned for the refund value was less than 80% of the total number of beverage containers that were sold in Oregon.  Because the redemption rates for 2014 and 2015 were below 80%, ORS 459A.705 increased the refund value to to 10 cents on April 1, 2017.  
 

Phased Container Labeling

House Bill 2746 was signed by Governor Kate Brown during the 2017 regular session.  The change allows a grace period for containers labeled with OR 10¢ to be phased onto store shelves through September 30, 2018.  The refund value will be 10¢ regardless of the amount shown on the container.  Currently, beverages included are water, beer, and soft drinks.  In 2018, when more beverages are added, there will also be a grace period applied to the labeling of those containers through December 31, 2018.

Bottle Bill Fact Sheet

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Future Updates to the Bottle Bill

2018 Expansion:
House Bill 3145 amends the Bottle Bill in 2011 add all beverages except wine, liquor, dairy or milk substitutes to the Bottle Bill as of Jan. 1, 2018 at the latest.
 
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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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 503-872-5123, or email OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Retailer Signs for 10-cent Increase

Downloadable signs are available to retailers to help educate customers about the upcoming deposit and refund increase to 10-cents per container beginning April 1, 2017.

A variety of sizes are available for retailers to print and post at the business such as near beverage displays, reverse vending machines, at the cash register, and on vending machines. 
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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

2017 Legislative Report on Redemption Centers

 

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. 

   

For more information on Redemption Centers:
Becky Voelkel
503-872-5132 
Toll free: 800-452-6522

OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov

 

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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
OLCC.BottleBill@oregon.gov


 


 

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