Oregon Bottle Bill History

See Campaign History for the stories behind many of these changes.

 

  Original Law 2007 Expansion 2011 Expansion Current Law
Name The Beverage Container Act
Purpose To reduce litter and increase recycling
Date Enacted July 2, 2971 June 7, 2007 June 9, 2011  
Date Implemented October 1, 1972 January 1, 2009    
Beverages Covered Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, & mineral water Added non-carbonated water Expanded to all beverages except wine, liquor, milk, and milk substitutes All beverages except wine, liquor, milk, and milk substitutes
Containers Covered Any individual, separate, sealed glass, metal or plastic bottle, can, jar containing a beverage     Any individual, separate, sealed glass, metal or plastic bottle, can, jar containing a beverage
Amount of Deposit Standard refillable: 2¢; all others 5¢   Added provision to allow increase of deposit value to 10¢ Standard refillable: 2¢; all others 5¢ (with potential to increase to 10¢)
Reclamation System Retail stores -- Redemption centers may be established upon approval of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission   Allows for distributor cooperatives to handle redemption process Retail stores or approved redemption centers
Unredeemed Deposits Retained by distributor/ bottlers     Retained by distributor/ bottlers
Handling Fee none     none
Redemption Rate overall 84% (k)     overall 84% (k)
View Legislation   Senate Bill 707 House Bill 3145 Current Law
Notes   set up a task force to look to look into other changes such as moving to redemption centers, including other beverages, and possibly raising the deposit, by November 2008    

Footnotes

[k] Source: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, as per e-mail communication from Peter Spendelow on 8/2/01 (year 2000 estimate).