While the OLCC is asking all retailers to make sure their products are labeled correctly, we have never told, suggested or implied that retailers take such drastic measures as putting the unmarked product in the garbage. As the editorial suggests, that would be environmentally contradictory of the whole essence of the Oregon Bottle Bill. OLCC takes its enforcement obligations of the Bottle Bill very seriously.
During the last year and a half the OLCC has been working with the water industry to come up with solutions before the January 1st deadline. Some of the solutions presented to the manufacturers and vendors were stamping, affixing stickers or embossing "OR 5¢" somewhere plainly visible on the container.
It has always been the goal of the OLCC to provide education and assistance to retailers to help bring them into compliance. Fortunately, over the last two weeks, many retailers have made outstanding efforts to sell only containers marked with the OR 5-cent refund value.