Help Support a Stronger Bottle Bill

Background

In 2009, Oregon Governor Kulongoski submitted a bill (HB2184) to increase Oregon’s bottle deposit to $0.10; add wine, distilled liquor, sports drinks, coffee, tea, juice, and similar noncarbonated drinks to the list of containers covered under the Bottle Bill; and set a return rate goal to Oregon’s deposit law. The bill was initially referred to the Environment and Water Committee and made it through Ways and Means and onto the House floor. It was referred to the Revenue Committee but the session ended in June 2009 with no action being taken on the bill.
 
During this same session, Senator Dingfelder and Representative Dembrow introduced legislation (HB 3465) that would have made unclaimed deposits the property of the state, not the beverage distributors as they are under the present law. It also would have required distributors to keep records of deposits paid and received, and return all excess funds to the state's general fund every quarter. A public hearing on the bill was held in May of 2009, but the session ended in June with no action being taken on the bill.


Where We Are Today

On June 9, 2011, Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 3145, the modernization of the Bottle Bill, into law.

HB 3145 does three primary things:

  • Expands the deposit container list to cover most beverage containers. No later than 2018, beverages between four ounces and 1.5 liters will require a deposit with the exception of wine, liquor, milk, and infant formula.
  • Increases the bottle deposit from 5 to 10 cents, but only if the redemption rate is below 80 percent for two consecutive calendar years, and no sooner than 2017.
  • Permits a one-time pilot project for a larger redemption center than is possible under existing law and rules. This pilot redemption center will serve up to a 3 mile radius, with stores in the outer ring (1.5-3 miles) required to continue taking back up to 24 containers per person daily at their store.

A big thank you to all AOR members and allies that called their legislators and supported our efforts to modernize the Bottle Bill!


For More Information

AOR's Bottle Bill Fact Sheet (pdf)
More information about the modernization of the Bottle Bill as well as the Bottle Bill's benefits.

DEQ's Bottle Bill Page
Information on recycling of containers under the Bottle Bill and the effectiveness of bottle bill options implemented in other states and provinces.

DEQ’s Bottle Bill Then and Now: History of the Bottle Bill
A summary of the history and the current context of the Oregon Bottle Bill.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC)
The OLCC is the agency granted authority by the Oregon legislature to administer and enforce the Bottle Bill.