Bottle Bill Expansion in Effect as of January 1st


PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission wants to remind consumers and retailers that additional beverages are now included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill and have a refund value of 10 cents per container as of January 1, 2018. This change came as the result of Oregon statute, ORS 459A.702. 



Most beverages in bottles or cans that are sold in sealed glass, metal, and plastic in sizes from 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters will be redeemable. Examples of common beverages that are included in these container sizes:

  • Coffee/tea (even if they contain milk)
  • Energy and sports drinks
  • Fruit and vegetable juice (does not have to be 100%)
  • Juice smoothies
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Coconut water
  • Non-alcohol wine
  • Drinking vinegar
  • Hard cider if 8.5% ABV or less
  • Marijuana beverages
  • Muscle Milk
  • Protein shakes (unless marketed as a meal replacement)
  • Kombucha (although alcoholic kombucha made with cane sugar will not be included)
  • Cocktail mixers (ready to drink) like margarita mix or bloody Mary mix o In general, these include: ready-to-use mixers, smoothie mixers, juices (except for lime and lemon juice)
  • Beverages in 3 liters or less in size
    • Soda (carbonated/sparkling beverages)
    • Beer
    • Water

Beverages that are NOT included:

  • Distilled spirits
  • Wine
    • Mead
    • Hard cider over 8.5% ABV
  • Milk (dairy and plant-based)
    • Flavored milk
    • Buttermilk
    • Lactose-free milk
    • Cultured milk
    • Kefir
  • Infant formula
  • Meal-replacement drinks (like Ensure or Boost)
  • Concentrated beverages
    • Lemon/lime juice
    • Frozen juice concentrate
    • Concentrated coffee/tea
    • Concentrated cocktail mixers
  • Syrups/flavorings
    • Triple sec
    • Grenadine
    • Bitters
    • Shrubs
  • Coffee creamers
  • Non-beverage foods:
    • Condiments (like soy sauce)
    • Olive oil
    • Vinegar (except for beverages that are specifically called drinking vinegar)
  • Beverages sold in growlers, boxes, pouches, or packaging requiring a tool

Manufacturers have until January 1, 2019 to include the 10-cent refund value on container labeling for the new beverages. The refund value is 10 cents on all beverages included in Oregon’s Bottle Bill regardless of what is written on the label.