Bottle Bill update passes Oregon Senate
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
The Oregon Senate on Wednesday passed an update to the Bottle Bill, sending it to the governor's desk.
The Oregon Senate followed the Oregon House of Representatives Wednesday by passing an update to the state's influential Bottle Bill.
The Senate approved HB 3145, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber's desk for signing.
"With today’s vote, the Bottle Bill is finally on its way to the 21st Century,” said Rep. Ben Cannon, D-Portland, one of the bill's sponsors, in a statement. "By expanding the redemption system to cover all beverage containers, we will save more than 72 million containers per year from landfills."
The bill's supporters estimate that 171 million non-deposit juices, teas, coffees, and sports drinks are sold in Oregon annually, but about one third of those containers are recycled. Meanwhile, containers with a deposit have a higher rate of recycling.
Specifically the bill will do three things:
- Expand 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.
- Increase the bottle deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents, but only if the redemption rate is below 80 percent for two consecutive calendar years, and no sooner than 2017.
- Provide for a one-time pilot project for a larger redemption center than is possible under existing law and rules.
“When you are an Oregonian, you clean up your campsite before you leave. With today’s vote, Oregon has made a commitment to leave her campsite clean for future generations,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, in a statement.
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