Governor Kitzhaber signs bill updating Oregon’s iconic Bottle bill
Thank you Representative Cannon
I would like to welcome two students from Hood River High School: Alix Melton and Ali Danko.
Alix and Ali will be graduating tomorrow – in fact they were given special permission to miss their graduation rehearsal today to come join us, especially after all their hard work to make this happen.
Alix and Ali testified in support of this bill as experts on the bottle bill redemption experience after collecting containers from all the Hood River Valley to earn money for their service club. Thank you both for your hard work and congratulations on your graduation.
Since its passage 40 years ago, Oregon’s bottle bill has resulted in the return of over 3 billion containers, helped discourage litter, and prevented waste from ending up in landfills. We have served as a national model for bottle redemption systems.
This legislation brings Oregon’s original Bottle Bill up to date with current realities: adding beverage containers, such as sports drinks and teas, which were not as popular, or didn’t exist when the bill originally passed.
With a deposit on more containers, House Bill 3145 will increase recycling rates and keep containers from littering our roadways and filling our landfills.
Recycling rates will be maintained or improved by increasing the refund value from 5 to 10 cents following two consecutive calendar years that the redemption rate is less than 80%.
An increased deposit has been shown to encourage higher recycling rates, reducing waste and helping to meet or exceed recycling goals.
This update has been a long time coming, I am pleased that we were able to get this bill passed during this legislative session.