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Bottle Bill Awareness Campaign Encourages Oregonians to “Know Your Nickel”
April 8, 2013 - Portland, OR - Starting this week, Oregonians will get a refresher course on the basics and benefits of Oregon’s 41-year-old Bottle Bill. A new public service awareness campaign sponsored by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will launch in communities across the state today, with the goal of increasing the public’s participation in and understanding of the Bottle Bill.  
Leading with the tagline, “Don’t Trash It, Cash It!” the campaign’s radio ads and outdoor boards encourage consumers to redeem beverage containers for their nickel deposit, and underscore the importance of the Bottle Bill to Oregon’s environment and economy. The campaign also includes an information resource website,
 “The Bottle Bill has evolved and expanded significantly during the past several years,” said John Andersen, President of OBRC.  “Research has showed us that many Oregonians aren’t familiar with which containers are redeemable, where and how they can be returned, and why the program is so important to our state. This campaign is part of our ongoing effort to increase overall state redemption rates, and keep the Bottle Bill working for Oregon. ”
Each year, more than 135 million pounds of plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans are kept out of landfills thanks to the Bottle Bill, Andersen said. And because of the way the containers are collected and processed, 100% of the material is recycled into new containers and other products.
Although more than 70% of containers covered under the Bottle Bill are currently returned and processed through the program, there is room for improvement, according to Andersen. “There’s still a significant volume of recyclable material that we’re not recovering,” he said. “Every container counts. We’re constantly looking for new and better ways to increase redemption rates and deliver a convenient and positive experience to consumers.”
OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administer Oregon’s Bottle Bill, collecting and processing all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC is responsible for picking up containers from nearly 3,000 stores each day. The co-op then counts, sorts, crushes, bales and recycles those containers. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and the retail industries – at no cost to taxpayers.
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Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant Planned in St. Helens
October 21, 2009 - (The Oregonian) Two plastic-industry veterans and the state's bottle-handling cooperative Wednesday announced plans to build the Northwest's first facility for recycling plastic water and pop bottles.
Read More: Oregon Live
Oregon Approves First Bottle and Can "Redemption Center" for Bottle Bill Returns
April 19, 2010 - ( Oregon's Liquor Control Commission has approved the state's first bottle and can "redemption center" in Wood Village, eliminating bottle bill returns at three nearby grocery stores and bumping them to a new center for returns on Northeast Halsey Street.
Read More: Oregon Live
Oregon’s First Bottle Drop Gets Green Light
PORTLAND – For the first time since the enactment of Oregon’s famous Bottle Bill law in 1972, consumers will soon have the opportunity to return bottles and cans to a recycling center instead of a grocery store. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has unanimously approved the first redemption center for redeemable bottles and cans. It will be located in Wood Village and is set to open in July. The center will be operated by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) which is owned by local and national distributors. “We’re thrilled to get this first Bottle Drop approved and ready to open,” said Alisa Shifflett, OBRC Redemption Center Project Manager. “Our goal is to make it easier for consumers to return cans and bottles while also strengthening Oregon’s Bottle Bill.” The new Bottle Drop will simplify the bottle deposit system for Oregonians. For starters, the new facility will feature the EZ Drop system, which allows consumers to drop off their redeemable bottles and cans in a labeled bag. The redeeambles will be counted and consumers will receive the credit amount on a plastic card, similar to a gift card. The card can be exchanged for cash or merchandise at nearby stores. The centers will also have employees ready to hand count small amounts of bottles and cans and immediately return deposit money to consumers. In addition, the centers will have new reverse vending machines for consumers to use. The machines will be faster and more user-friendly than the machines in use today. OBRC will be partnering with Fred Meyer, Safeway and Wal-Mart to inform their customers about the new facility and conveniences it will offer. Once the redemption center is officially open, the participating stores in the Wood Village area will no longer take redeemable containers.
Container redemption group goes for Wood Village site
Mar 24, 2010 - (The Gresham Outlook) After scrapping an earlier plan to locate Oregon’s first centralized container redemption facility in Gresham, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative seeks to set up shop on Halsey Street in Wood Village. With city planning and zoning regulations already fulfilled for a building suite at 23345 N.E. Halsey St., the cooperative is awaiting approval from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission before moving forward with the facility. The OLCC is expected to consider the plan at meetings on April 15 and 16 at its Milwaukie offices, said Alisa Shifflett, the cooperative’s project manager.
Read More: Gresham Outlook
Money back for water bottles
March 16, 2009 - (The Environment Report) Most states don’t have bottle deposit laws to encourage people to return their empties. Only eleven states do. Now, some are expanding their recycling programs to include bottled water. Sadie Babits reports the states know requiring a deposit for the bottles will keep them from ending up in landfills:
Read More: The Environment Report
OBRC Teams with Local Recycle Machine Manufacturer
January 26, 2009 - Press Release Oregon’s new industry-run Bottle Bill cooperative, OBRC, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Can and Bottle Systems (CBSI), a local producer of reverse vending machines. For over 20 years OBRC, previously Container Recovery, Inc. (CRinc), has helped retailer’s and distributor’s meet the demands presented by the Oregon Bottle Bill. The addition of water and flavored water to the Bottle Bill is expected to result in an increase of over 200% to the number of recycled plastic bottles. Water and flavored water drinks make up 20-25% of total deposit container sales. CBSI is one of the few U.S. based producers of reverse vending machines (RVM) and has been headquartered in Portland, Oregon since 1992. In addition to the Oregon office, CBSI also maintains offices in Michigan and Iowa. They produce three major lines of equipment including the industry leading bulk-feed Aluminum can machine. CBSI is continually developing new technologies and systems for making recycling easier for consumers and retailers. “We’re excited about the opportunity to work with CBSI and we’re proud to support a local manufacturer,” said John Andersen, President of OBRC. “Our company’s anticipate working together to develop technologies that bring an Oregon-based solution to Oregon grocery retailers.” OBRC operates a statewide pick-up, processing and deposit reconciliation program for nearly all containers covered under the Oregon Bottle Bill. Over 3,000 retailers throughout Oregon utilize OBRC’s services many of them using reverse vending machines (RVM).