Friday, January 16, 2009

Throw it away? No way!

Earlier this week an editorial ran in a local newspaper stating that the OLCC was suggesting or requiring retailers to throw bottled water not marked with the OR 5-cent refund value in the trash.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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.

We very much appreciate the efforts of manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers in their efforts to further enhance Oregon's leading role in environmental stewardship, and we are proud of our role in that partnership.


    January 27, 2009

    Contact: Kelly Casey
    Can & Bottle Systems, Inc.
    Tel. (503) 236-8906
    Fax. (503) 232-8453

    Can & Bottle Systems, Inc. (CBSI) Announces Partnership with
    New Statewide Recycling CO-OP.
    Portland, Oregon – In 1971 Oregon became known as the first Bottle Bill State by enacting The Beverage Container Act. The law requires a 5¢ deposit on all beer, malt and carbonated soft drink containers. As of January 1, 2009 that law was expanded to include bottled water. The law also requires that all retail stores redeem every container, regardless of brand, if they sell the same type of beverage.

    Although the expansion of the law is great news for the environment, it created logistical challenges for the beverage and grocery retail industry. To meet these challenges, most of the beverage distributors doing business in the state of Oregon have formed the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC).


    CBSI partners with OBRC

    OBRC operates a statewide pick-up and processing program. As part of the program, over 300 retailers throughout Oregon utilize reverse vending machines (RVM). The data collected from RVM’s are compiled to reconcile the estimated 80 million pounds of redeemed containers every year. To handle the CO-OPs RVM needs, OBRC has partnered exclusively with CBSI, an American owned and operated RVM manufacturer. Headquartered in Portland Oregon with offices in Iowa and Michigan, CBSI has been manufacturing RVM’s since 1992. With accounts reaching from Hawaii to Maine, CBSI provides quality recycling machines for the bottle redemption process.

    “CBSI is uniquely equipped to handle the demands of the Oregon Bottle Bill. We are very proud to partner with OBRC, the first statewide CO-OP of its kind in the country,” said Bill Janner, President of CBSI.

    To learn more about CBSI or OBRC, visit their websites at and

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    For more information contact Kelly Casey, Director of Business Development, Can and Bottle Systems, Inc. at (503) 236-8906 or

    1. Curious... Why then, would smaller retailers be allowed to refuse returns? Especially when those returns were predominantly purchased from those imparticular establishments???