True to its pioneering legacy, Oregon was the
first state in the nation to require deposits on cans and bottles.
Oregon Bottle Bill was characterized as and intended to be a litter control
measure. It imposed a refundable deposit on all beer and carbonated soft drink
containers – single serve containers that were often discarded as roadside
litter. Before passage of the Bottle Bill, those containers made up as much as
40% of roadside litter. By 1979, that number had declined to 6%.
Although the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) was given certain
administrative responsibilities and oversight for the Bottle Bill, daily
administration was left to beverage distributors and grocery retailers. Because
of this unique government and industry relationship, the Oregon Bottle Bill has
come to be appreciated and admired nationwide for the ‘simple elegance’ of its
Beginning in 1987, beverage
distributors began working together in a Cooperative form to better address the
unique logistical, financial and environmental challenges facing them and
grocery retailers with regard to their roles in the Bottle Bill. For over 20
years, two companies, Container Recovery (CRInc) and BROCO worked to provide
Bottle Bill services to distributors and grocery retailers.
On January 1, 2009 CRinc and BROCO merged to form a new statewide industry
cooperative called Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC). OBRC is now
Oregon’s predominant administrator of the Bottle Bill covering nearly 100% of
beverage containers and grocery retailers statewide.
Please explore our web site to learn
more about the Bottle Bill
and related legislation, or
read more about OBRC's successful role
in implementing the Bottle Bill.