Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Oregon Bottle Bill History


 Original Law2007 Expansion2011 Expansion2019 Expansion2022 ExpansionCurrent Law
Name The Beverage Container Act
Purpose To reduce litter and increase recycling
Date Enacted 7/2/1971 6/7/2007 6/9/2011 6/21/2019[3] 3/24/2022[4]  
Date Implemented 10/1/1972 1/1/2009

 4/1/2017 (increased refund value)

1/1/2018(expanded beverage coverage)


6/2/2022(non-participating distributor fee)

7/1/2025(expanded beverage coverage)

Beverages Covered Beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, & mineral water Added non-carbonated water

Expanded to almost all beverages, like juices, sports drinks, and teas.

Excludes wine, liquor, milk, and milk substitutes.

Expanded to include hard seltzer and kombucha beverages Expanded to include canned wine. all beverages except wine, liquor, milk, and milk substitutes.[1]
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¢     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%         2020 Redemption rate:

Metal: 81.76%
Glass: 68.56%
PET: 76.22%
Overall: 77.21%[2]

Notes   Set up a task force to look into other changes such as moving to redemption centers, including other beverages, and possibly raising the deposit, by November 2008     Requires large non-participating beverage distributors to provide redemption services, join the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, or pay a fee to support redemption efforts in the state.  


[1] Expansion to all listed beverages was expected to occur either when at least 60% of redemptions occur at approved redemption centers, or on January 1, 2018, whichever came first. The expansion immediately went into effect after January 1, 2018.

[2] Source: 2020 BEVERAGE CONTAINER RETURN DATA. Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.

[3] Source: SB247- Bottle Bill Expansion

[4] Source: SB 1520 Enrolled.