How does Oregon’s beverage container redemption system work? In general, a distributor charges a 10-cent deposit when it delivers beverages covered under Oregon’s Bottle Bill to a store, then the store charges a 10-cent deposit when it sells those beverages to a customer. When a customer returns the empty containers to a store or redemption center, the store pays the customer 10 cents per container, and when the store returns the empty containers to a distributor, the distributor pays 10 cents per container to the stores.
What is the refund value per container? The Oregon refund value on redeemable containers is 10 cents.
What kinds of beverages are included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a 10-cent refund value? The beverages listed below have a 10-cent refund value if they are in glass, metal, or plastic bottles or cans in the following sizes:
Three liters or less (these are beverages that were included in the Bottle Bill prior to January 1, 2018):
● carbonated soft drinks
● beer and malt beverages (includes alcoholic kombucha made with malt syrup; if it is made with cane sugar it is considered to be wine and is excluded from the Bottle Bill)
From 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters (these beverages were added to the Bottle Bill on January 1, 2018): ● other non-alcoholic beverages (includes but is not limited to tea, coffee, juice, energy and sports drinks, and non-alcoholic kombucha) ● other alcoholic beverages (includes but is not limited to hard cider up to 8.5% alcohol by volume; excludes distilled liquor and wine) ● marijuana beverages
For more details about the beverages that were added on January 1, 2018: Bottle Bill Expansion FAQs