OBRC. The Bottle Bill. A Cleaner Oregon.


What we do: Simply put, we make the Bottle Bill work.

Oregon State laws and administrative rules require that retailers and distributors accept redeemable containers from anyone who returns them. That's it. The laws and rules do not specify, for example, how millions of aluminum cans per day are to go from consumers, through retailers, and back to the distributors for processing -- efficiently and cost-effectively. This is where OBRC comes in.


At each retail outlet, the driver records the container count on an invoice and pays for the containers with a negotiable bank draft. Empty containers are then taken to one of our five recycling plants located across the state for processing. Two daily production crews process nearly 25,000 truckloads of containers each year.


Empty containers arrive in the warehouse in either plastic bags or totes. They are unloaded from trailers, and placed onto automatic sorting lines or mechanized counting devices depending on type and originating source.


All of the aluminum containers are crushed, baled and prepared for transportation to aluminum recycling smelters for use in the production of new beverage cans. Plastic bottles are perforated, crushed, baled and transported to recyclers who make polyester fiber for carpet, filler and clothing or most recently to one of the new FDA approved bottle-to-bottle facilities.


Glass is crushed, sorted and transported to a local glass recycler to be made into new glass containers. Each year, more than 80 million pounds of glass is recycled into new glass bottles.


The system is accurate, efficient and environmentally friendly.


Because of How We Do It, nothing slips through the cracks. Nothing goes to waste. 100% of the bottles and cans are recycled.