Oregon Bottle Bill Essay

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Fact Sheet 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 container is returned. At the store, empties are sorted and counted, then collected by the distributor for recycling. Containers that are discarded by the consumer rather than returned to the store are often recovered from solid waste and then returned for their refund value by someone else. Specific Provisions of the Law ♦ The deposit/refund applies to all beer and carbonated soft drink containers; ♦ Containers must be labeled with their minimum refund value. Most containers carry a $.05 refund value; ♦ Retailers must provide customers with a full refund for redeemed containers; ♦ Distributors must provide retailers with a refund for redeemed containers; ♦ Retailers may refuse to accept and pay refunds for excessively dirty empty containers or more than 144 containers from one person per day; ♦ Anyone may establish a redemption center to represent one or more retailers; and ♦ There are potential criminal and administrative penalties for violation of the law. Effects of the Bottle Bill Beverage Containers in Litter 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 1971 1973 1979 When passed by the Oregon Legislature, the Bottle Bill was viewed primarily as a litter control measure. As a

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