OBRC. The Bottle Bill. A Cleaner Oregon.


Bottle Bill Basics

In 1972, the Oregon legislature adopted the Beverage Container Act, commonly known as the "Bottle Bill." This law, the first of its kind in the nation, helps keep over 120 million pounds of containers (roughly 1700 garbage trucks) out of Oregon landfills each year.

Oregon's Bottle Bill covers beer, other malt beverages, carbonated mineral waters, carbonated soft drinks, water and flavored water. It does not cover juice, teas, wine, liquor, dairy, or other non-carbonated beverages. Consumers are able to return all redeemable beverage containers to larger (over 5,000 sq ft) grocery stores -- even if the store does not sell the particular brand being returned.

Under the current Bottle Bill, distributors and retailers assume total responsibility for collecting and refunding deposits. It s a closed loop system with distributors at the top of the five cent recovery loop. Distributors collect five cents when beverages are delivered to retailers. Retailers collect five cents when beverages are sold to the consumer. Consumers redeem their deposits either manually, or through reverse vending machines, at grocery retailers throughout the state. Distributors reimburse the retailers for the redeemed containers. See What We Do for details on this unique system.