Oregon winery joins bottle reuse program

An Applegate Valley winery announced Thursday that it will work with a wine bottle recycling company to set up a regional program to rinse and reuse wine bottles.

The Rinse Project will join forces with Brooks-based Agri-Plas and Stockton, Calif.-based Wine Bottle Renew to ship bottles between the Cowhorn winery's estate to a bottle-washing station in California. The hope is that other wineries in Oregon will sign on to the program.

Barbara Steele, co-owner of Cowhorn and organizer of the project said that the washed bottles are both "cleaner and greener" than new glass and can actually result in better wine.

The winery reports that of the 300 million cases of wine sold each year in the United States, 70 percent of the bottles are still ending up in land fills — not recycling centers.

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