The Oregon Bottle Bill
Background The Oregon Bottle Bill put an end to “No deposit - No return” in Oregon. This law, passed in 1971, requires that all beer and carbonated soft drink containers be returnable and have a minimum refund value. It reduced litter, increased container recycling, and fostered a recycling ethic among Oregonians that helped pave the way for future recycling efforts. After 30 years, it is still one of Oregon’s most effective recycling systems. How the Deposit System Works Every beer or carbonated soft drink container sold in Oregon must have a minimum refund value. Deposits begin with the distributor and are refunded to the customer when the empty ...view middle of the document...
Before passage of the Bottle Bill in 1971, beverage containers made up as much as 40% of roadside litter. By 1973, after passage of the law, they were only 10.8%, and by 1979 they were down to 6%. This level of litter reduction continues to this day, and the Bottle Bill has created a broader anti-litter ethic that has led to reductions in other types of litter.
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Return Rates As impressive as litter reduction has been, the effect the law has had on waste reduction and resource conservation has proven to be its most remarkable feature. During the last 30 years, beverage container return rates in Oregon have been about 90%. Return rates in 1972, prior to the Bottle Bill, were less than 25%. After the Bottle Bill passed, return rates increased dramatically: 94% - 1973, 93% - 1981 and 1988, 90% - 1994, 87% - 1998, 84% - 2000, and 83% 2002. These high return rates result in substantial savings of natural resources and energy, particularly for aluminum cans. Recycling rates in states that do not have Bottle Bills average about 30%.
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Public Support Strong public support was one of the key factors in the passage of the Bottle Bill. Even four years after implementation, 90% of Oregonians favored the law. That level of support continues today, and the Bottle Bill remains one of the most popular pieces of legislation ever passed in the state. For More Information Oregon Bottle Bill Law ORS 459A.700 – 740 DEQ’s Bottle Bill Questions and Answers web page: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/solwaste/bottleb illQ&A.html The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) administers and enforces the...