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Oregon Adopts A Statewide Refillable Beer Bottle System

By Kristin Hunt

Once a beer bottle is drained, it usually goes to a recycling plant, where the glass can be heated and molded into a new product. But what if we just used the beer bottle again? That’s the basic idea behind a new refillable bottle system in Oregon, which is the first statewide program of its kind.

The program is largely the work of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), the service which collects bottle deposits for the state. The OBRC developed a brand new beer bottle for the refillable system, using recycled glass sourced from the Owens-Illinois glass manufacturing plant in Portland, EarthFix reports

This new bottle is thicker, heavier, and comes with a clear label. The word “refillable” is etched along the bottom of the glass, making it easier for recycling plant workers to spot and sort out. Because these bottles aren’t recycled — they’re simply washed and sold back to beer manufacturers, who can fill the bottles with new brews.