The 2019 Oregon Legislature established dealer redemption centers (DRCs) and set out their requirements in ORS 459A.741. DRCs, or partner retailers, are stores that have partnered with BottleDrop and provide a drop off location for BottleDrop bags. Not every bag drop-off location is a DRC. A DRC will have a sign posted near the drop door that will identify it as a dealer redemption center. The store will also have an OLCC notice posted in its container return area (which is not necessarily near the drop door) identifying it as a DRC and indicating that the store may limit returns to 24 containers per person per day.
OLCC will update the list of redemption centers when it is notified that a new DRC has opened. The list can be found here. Notification is required within 14 days after a DRC has opened, so the OLCC's redemption center list may not always be current. Customers can also check for dealer redemption centers/partner retailers at https://www.bottledropcenters.com/locations/.
DRCs must have their drop doors available for the return of green and blue bags from 8 AM to 8 PM if the stores are open during those hours. BottleDrop account holders will not be charged a processing fee for bags deposited at a DRC, and those bags will not count toward the 15 bag per quarter limit for green bags. All other BottleDrop terms and conditions apply.
Stores with a DRC must continue to accept container returns outside BottleDrop's green and blue bag account programs at all hours the stores are open, but may limit these returns to 24 containers per person per day. These returns would be by hand count or through a self-service machine.
DRCs can be in a city of any size. In most cases, the establishment of a DRC does not affect the number of containers that stores in their proximity must accept. However, if a DRC is established in a town with a population of less than 10,000, stores within a one-mile radius of the DRC can also limit returns to 24 containers per person per day if they meet certain requirements.