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News and Tips on Garbage, Recycling, Composting and Reducing Waste at Home


Beyond the Curb: The journey of a glass bottle

Here’s the journey a glass beer bottle takes when you recycle it.

When you put your recycling out for curbside pickup, you’re connecting valuable materials to markets where they can be remade into new products. You’re also helping reduce Portland’s waste and saving energy and resources.

We get lots of questions about where recycling goes after it’s picked up. Let’s look at a glass bottle and its lifecycle. There are two ways you can recycle glass — in your yellow recycling bin, or if it has a deposit, you can take it to some grocery stores or a BottleDrop Center to get a 10-cent deposit back.

The journey of a glass bottleRecycling is good, but reuse is best!

Oregon’s Bottle Bill provides for a 10-cent return value on most beverage containers and it’s been tremendously successful at reducing waste, litter, and energy and resource use. Recently, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative launched a refillable glass bottle program with seven statewide breweries. Bottles can be refilled 25 times before the glass needs to be melted down and recycled.

Reusing materials is even more efficient than recycling.

Let’s raise a glass to Oregon brewers and refillable bottles!

Cheers to reuse!

Growlers are another way to reuse – and they have expanded from just beer to kombucha and wine too. Most grocery stores offer growler fills, along with brew pubs and liquor stores.

Happy America Recycles Day

Celebrate recycling today and everyday

Recycling correctly is important now more than ever. What you can recycle is the same whether you live in a house, condo or apartment. 

If you need a recycling refresher, check details online or download a recycling guide.
Thank you for doing your part!

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Beer + refillable bottles = delicious savings

Refillable bottles. Reborn.

Oregon beer drinkers have one more reason to feel “hoppy”: Certain beer brands are piloting refillable bottles, which means saving energy and resources. Refillable bottle.

Now beer drinkers not only get their 10-cent bottle return, but also know the environmental benefits are worth more than their dime. The specially made beer bottles can be returned like other Bottle Bill items, however they aren’t crushed like other glass. Instead, they are washed and refilled 25 times before the glass needs to be melted down and recycled.

Double Mountain Brewery and Buoy Beer Company piloted the refillable program and now five other breweries are participating. They are Widmer Brothers Brewing, Gigantic Brewing Company, Goodlife Brewing Company, Wild Ride Brew and Rock Bottom Brewery.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that is leading this initiative, also operates the statewide BottleDrop redemption centers. The beer bottles must be returned to a retailer or BottleDrop. You can get 24 bottles in reusable box crate for a three-dollar deposit.

Watch this video and find a BottleDrop location near you.