Bottle Bill Resource Guide

The 2011 Oregon Campaign

Oregon's expansion bill was signed by the Governor on June 9. However, The Associated Press reported that "more than a dozen" other bills affecting the deposit system were introduced in 2011.1

Bill Number and Name House Bill 3145
Sponsors Berger, Cannon
Beverages Covered Expand the law to cover all beverages except wine, liquor, milk, and milk substitutes as of 2018
Containers Covered Same as in existing law; exempts containers for the newly added beverages over 1.5L
Deposits Increased to 10¢ for nonrefillable containers if the redemption rate does not exceed 80%



In addition to adding more beverages to the list of deposit beverages and increasing the deposit/refund value,

The current law covers beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks, and bottled water. The expanded law, which will cover all noncarbonated beverages except milk and milk substitutes, and all alcoholic beverages except wine and liquor, will go into effect either (a) One year after the Oregon Liquor Control Commission determines that at least 60 percent of the beverage containers returned for the refund value are returned statewide to approved redemption centers, or (b) on January 1, 2018, whichever comes first.

The bill makes provisions for the deposit to be raised to 10¢ if the redemption rate falls below 80% for two consecutive years (as determined any time after January 1, 2016). At the time of the bill's passage, the redemption rate was 84%. The new beverages added by the bill (such as juices and sports drinks) may not be applied to the calculations until January 1, 2021.

This bill also allows distributors to form cooperatives to simplify the process of collecting empties and issuing refunds. A bill establishing a similar system was passed by legislature in 2010, but was vetoed by the governor, who is no longer in office. One of the amendments creates a pilot program for starting redemption centers operated by a distributor cooperative, in a major city.

The original bill was amended two times and passed the House on May 4, and the Senate on May 25. The governor signed it on June 9.


February 7, 2011: First reading

February 14, 2011: Referred to Energy, Environment and Water with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

April 7, 2011: Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.

April 21, 2011: Work session held.

April 26, 2011: Amended, recommended to pass with amendments. Subsequent referral to Ways and Means rescinded by order of the Co-Speakers.

April 28, 2011: Second reading. Third reading. Referred to Rules

May 2, 2011: Work Session held.

May 3, 2011: Amended and recommended to pass.

May 4, 2011: Rules suspended. Third reading. Passed 47-12

May 5, 2011: First reading in Senate

May 6, 2011: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources.

May 23, 2011: Committee recommended the bill be passed

May 24, 2011: Second reading

May 25, 2011: Third reading. Passed Senate

Jun 9, 2011: Signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber



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1. Johanna Kaiser."Mass. lawmakers consider deposits on more drinks" July 21, 2011. Accessed July 21, 2011

Oregon 2010 Campaign

Bill Number and Name House Bill 3704
Primary Sponsor Committee on Rules
Reclamation System Allows beverage distributors or importers to establish distributor cooperative


This bill would make possible a cooperative of 2 or more beverage distributors, to simplify the process of collecting empty containers and distributing refunds to dealers.

The bill specifies that a cooperative formed under the bill must service a majority of the beverage dealers in the state.

Section 5, added by amendment, also requires the cooperative and all independent distributors to provide to the state a yearly report of their containers' return rates by material type.

On April 8, Governor Ted Kulongoski vetoed the bill, citing inconvenience for the consumer, in that fewer stores would be accepting empty containers, and consumers would be forced to go to redemption centers for their refund. Additionally, he expressed concern that the bill "would violate federal antitrust law by restraining competition to the private participants in this industry." Read the veto letter [pdf].


February 9, 2010: Introduced and referred to Rules committee.

February 11, 2010: Public hearing.

February 15, 2010: Public hearing.

February 16, 2010: Amended, Second reading.

February 18, 2010: Third reading, passed House and sent to Senate.

February 19, 2010: First reading in Senate, referred to Rules committee.

February 22, 2010: Second and third readings, passed Senate.

February 25, 2010: Signed by House Speaker and Senate President.

April 8, 2010: Vetoed by governor


The 2009 Oregon Expansion Campaign

Oregon Governor Kulongoski submitted a bill to increase the deposit, add certain alcoholic beverages, and set a return rate goal to the Oregon deposit law.

Senator Jackie Dingfelder and Representative Dembrow also submitted a bill relating to revenue-raising.

Bill Number and Name House Bill 2184
Primary Sponsor Requested by Governor Ted Kulongoski
Beverages Covered Adds wine, distilled liquor, sports drinks, coffee, tea, juice and similar noncarbonated drinks
Deposits Increases to 10¢


In addition to changing the deposit to 10¢ and adding several new beverage types, the proposed law would also require that: "The commission shall appoint an advisory committee to provide input and recommendations to the commission in regard to the redemption of beverage containers" on the following subjects

  1. Annual beverage container return rates;
  2. Success in achieving the annual beverage container return rate goal established by section 1 of this 2009 Act;
  3. Whether a state-run redemption center system is necessary;
  4. Collecting and utilizing the refund value of beverage containers that are not returned; and
  5. Any other recommendations to help improve the return of beverage containers in this state.


January 15, 2009: First reading in House. Referred to Speaker's desk.

January 20, 2009: Referred to Environment and Water with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

February 19, 2009: Public Hearing held.

February 26, 2009: Public Hearing held.

March 19, 2009: Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.

March 26, 2009: HB 2184 Passed out of committee to House Floor

April 9, 2009: HB 2184: Third reading in Ways & Means, re-referred to Environment and Water. Work session scheduled April 28.

May 5, 2009: HB 2184 referred to Revenue committee

June 29, 2009: Session adjourned with no action taken

The 2009 Revenue-Raising Bill

Bill Number and Name HB 3465
Primary Sponsor Representative DEMBROW, Senator DINGFELDER
Unredeemed Deposits Returned to the state


HB 3465 seeks to make unclaimed deposits the property of the state, not the beverage distributors as they are under the present law. It requires distributors to keep records of deposits paid and received, and return all excess funds to the state's general fund every quarter.


March 24, 2009: HB 3465 Introduced

May 11, 2009: Public hearing held on HB 3465

June 29, 2009: Legislature adjourned with no action on bill.


2008 Oregon campaign

The 2007 update to the Oregon bottle bill required that water bottles be included under the deposit program. It also created a task force to study and make recommendations on beverage container collection and refund matters. The task force released its findings in mid-October, 2008, with several recommendations favorable to bottle bill advocates.

Recommendations from the Oregon Bottle Bill Task Force, for the 75th Legislative Assembly

  1. Create an industry-run, statewide system of 90 redemption centers
  2. Expand the beverages covered to all beverages, by 2013
  3. Increase the refund value to 10¢ by 2011
  4. Let the beverage industry develop a system to prevent the redemption of out-of-state containers
  5. Let the unclaimed deposits continue to accrue to the industry

The task force made a number of other recommendations, including:

  • Creating additional bottle-bill related roles for the DEQ and OLCC
  • Setting a recommended return rate of 80%
  • Considering the use of incentives to encourage advanced single stream recycling, including in rural areas

The entire report of the task force (including a minority report by members who did not support all of the final recommendations) is available in this PDF [291kb].


2007 Oregon Campaign

Four different versions of an updated bottle bill were seen in the 2007 Oregon Legislature. Senate Bill 481 and Senate Bill 634 would have expanded the bill to include all liquid drinks except milk, medicine, & flavorings; they would have also increased the deposit amount and created redemption centers. Senate Bill 706 would have changed the definitions of 'beverage' and 'beverage container' and changed the deposit amount. Senate Bill 707 was the only bill to make it through legislature; it was signed into law in June. The passage of this bill updated the deposit law to include bottled water, and created a task force to study beverage and container collection and refund matters.


Public Hearing: SB 634 and SB 481had a public hearing at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 27

Senate Bill 707 was amended in Senate on April 18, and was scheduled for a second public hearing on April 19.

April 23: SB 707 passed Senate with a vote of 23-7

May 24: Approved on a 42-16 vote in the House, the measure then returned to the Senate for action on amendments.

June 7: Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed the bill into law.  It will take effect Jan. 1, 2009. The task force assigned to look into other changes such as moving to redemption centers (Oregon is entirely return-to-retail), including other beverages, and possibly raising the deposit, is expected to come back with recommendations by November 2008.


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