Posted by BottleDrop Team under General  on Jan 03 2017

BottleDrop Redemption Centers have been in high demand since their inception in 2010. New, fast machinery, helpful staff, and the BottleDrop Account green bag option have resulted in a 20% average increase in container return volume. Yet some areas in Oregon are not well-suited to a full BottleDrop Center. Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) wants to bring the convenience of BottleDrop to as many Oregonians as possible through expanded BottleDrop account access at local grocery stores.

The first pilot drop site, placed by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) at the Harvest Market Thriftway in Estacada, includes a secure drop box and in-store kiosk. Customers can sign up for BottleDrop accounts at the kiosk, buy green BottleDrop bags inside the store, and drop bags full of deposit containers in the drop box located in the store’s parking lot. Green bags will be picked up and counted by BottleDrop staff and deposits will be credited to the customer’s BottleDrop account within 5 business days. Funds can then be accessed at the BottleDrop kiosk. The pilot phase will continue to be monitored for several months, but OBRC hopes to add more drop box locations in 2017.

BottleDrop Redemption Centers, owned and operated by OBRC, are stand-alone facilities that offer consumers several options to return deposit containers. BottleDrop accounts can be managed at any of our BottleDrop centers, at participating grocery store kiosks, or online at BottleDropCenters.com.

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Posted by BottleDrop Team under General  Press Releases  on Sep 07 2016

Portland, OR – Former Oregon legislator and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey will join the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) full-time in January of 2017 as Chief Stewardship Officer (CSO).

OBRC’s President, John Andersen, said Bailey is a natural fit to the organization charged with carrying out Oregon’s beloved bottle bill law.

Bailey, who previously worked as an economist, served three terms in the legislature (2009-2014), representing southeast Portland. He earned honors as a champion of environmental issues, particularly clean energy. In 2014, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission. He ran a spirited race for mayor of Portland earlier this year, coming in second behind Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

“Oregonians love their bottle bill, “Andersen said “and the upcoming deposit increase and product expansion create both challenges and opportunities for the beverage industry’s stewardship of Oregon’s iconic bottle bill- Jules brings a proven record as a leader in environmental innovation.”

Bailey received two master’s degrees at Princeton University, Public Affairs and Urban Planning, and holds a graduate certificate in science, technology, and environmental policy.

“I grew up with our Bottle Bill and the values it stands for, “Bailey said. “I could not be more proud of working to keep Oregon’s roadways and beaches litter free and our state more beautiful.”

OBRC is a member-owned cooperative that plays a central role as a steward of Oregon’s iconic bottle bill, collecting and processing nearly all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC counts, sorts, crushes, bales, and recycles 1.2 billion containers each year. There are now 17 BottleDrop redemption centers that have helped ease the process for consumers and expand access. Unredeemed deposits (averaging $24 million over the last three years) support operational costs including the statewide build-out of BottleDrop Redemption Centers.

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Posted by BottleDrop Team under General  Press Releases  on Aug 24 2016

Hermiston, Oregon – Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) continues to make it easier than ever to redeem bottles and cans with our newest BottleDrop Redemption Center set to open in Hermiston on August 26, 2016. BottleDrop Redemption Centers are an innovative new way for consumers to utilize the Oregon Bottle Bill quickly and efficiently in a spacious, fully staffed, indoor facility - open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm. OBRC operates the new BottleDrop Redemption Center, located at 740 W Hermiston Ave in partnership with 6 participating area grocery retailers.

The 8,400 sq. ft. facility will bring new jobs to Hermiston and offer three convenient ways to redeem Oregon purchased deposit containers:

• BottleDrop Account - Pre-labeled bags can be filled with deposit containers at home and dropped off 24 hours a day. BottleDrop Redemption Center staff will count and sort the containers. Customers can access the cash value from their account within 48 hours at participating grocery store kiosks or any BottleDrop location.

• Self-Serve - Automated machines will accept up to 350 containers per day.

• Hand Count - Staff will count up to 50 containers per person.

“You really have to experience one of our clean, spacious BottleDrop Redemption Centers to appreciate this whole new level of returning bottles and cans,” says John Andersen, President of OBRC. “We are excited for Hermiston residents to see how fast and convenient collecting your refund can be.”

The Hermiston center joins 16 other successful BottleDrop Redemption Centers around Oregon, encouraging even more Oregonians to participate in Oregon’s Bottle Bill. The following grocery stores will no longer be required to accept deposit containers after September 9, 2016.

Retailer Participation:

• Walmart at 1350 N 1st Street

• Safeway at 990 Highway 395 S

• Fiesta Foods at 1875 N 1st Street

• Rite Aid at 835 Highway 395 S

• Bi-Mart at 200 S 1st Place

• Big Lots at 930 Highway 395 S, Suite A

A statewide rollout of BottleDrop Redemption Centers was approved by the Oregon State Legislature during the 2013 session based upon success of three pilot redemption centers located in Wood Village, Oregon City, and south Salem. Contingent upon approval from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, OBRC plans to open approximately 45 BottleDrop facilities across Oregon.

OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administer Oregon’s Bottle Bill; collecting and processing nearly all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC counts, sorts, crushes, bales, and recycles 1.2 billion containers each year. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and grocery industries – at no cost to taxpayers.

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Posted by BottleDrop Team under Press Releases  on Aug 11 2016

OREGON – What do Bill Schonley, Terry Porter, Grace Ramstad, Grant McOmie and Darcy LaPier have in common? They’re all iconic Oregonians; they all return their bottles and cans; and they all star in a statewide educational campaign. Their faces and voices are seen and heard in radio, newspaper and social media in August and September.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) in conjunction with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) recently kicked off the educational campaign aimed at encouraging Oregonians to redeem their bottles and cans. The Oregon Bottle Bill keeps the state green and reduces roadside litter.

The booming voice of legendary sports announcer, Bill Schonley, reminds Oregonians of the importance in bottle redemption. “One of the ways we all win is to keep our environment green and pristine. You play a big part by always returning your bottles and cans,” says Bill Schonely. Listen here

Newly crowned Rose Festival Queen, Grace Ramstad, reminds Oregonians that all generations should do their part to protect the environment and fight litter by using Oregon’s historic Bottle Bill. Listen here!

And the mystery voice of a well-known Hollywood actor with deep Oregon roots echoes the campaign’s goal to educate the importance of redemption. “One of the ways we show our Oregon-ness is returning our bottles and cans. For a small deposit you get a big return,” says campaign supporter and proud Oregonian. The famous Oregonians volunteered their time in efforts to support the educational campaign. Due to actors union regulations, the mystery actor cannot be identified at this time. However, we think the public will recognize their renowned voice. Listen here!

Former Portland Trail Blazer and Portland Pilots Head Basketball Coach, Terry Porter, supports the Oregon Bottle Bill. Porter is featured in the educational campaign’s newspaper, digital, and social media. Rounding up the campaign with her memorable smile and spunk is pro barrel racer, Darcy LaPier, who starred in the A&E reality TV series Rodeo Girls. In digital and social media, LaPier waves a bottle and can in each hand with caption, “The Bottle Bill works. And that’s no bull.”

The educational campaign is being funded by OBRC to increase awareness and encourage use of the Oregon Bottle Bill. Oregon’s Bottle Bill was introduced in 1971 as the very first bottle bill in the U.S. The bill was created to address a growing litter problem along Oregon beaches, highways and other public areas. Over the years, the Bottle Bill has prompted several other green initiatives.

OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administer Oregon’s Bottle Bill; collecting and processing nearly all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC counts, sorts, crushes, bales, and recycles 1.2 billion containers each year. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and grocery industries – at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit OregonBottleBill.com.

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Posted by BottleDrop Team under General  on Jul 14 2016

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is excited to introduce a new Fundraiser Blue Bag Program through BottleDrop Redemption Centers – that will make your fundraising efforts even easier. We are also offering a free introductory program to get your nonprofit started.

What are BottleDrop Redemption Centers?

BottleDrop Redemption Centers, owned and operated by OBRC, are stand-alone facilities that offer consumers several options to return deposit containers. One of these options is the BottleDrop account program which allows customers to fill green BottleDrop bags at home and drop them off at one of our many BottleDrop locations. BottleDrop staff count the containers and transfer the deposits onto the customer’s account. BottleDrop accounts can be managed at any of our BottleDrop centers, at participating grocery store kiosks, or online at BottleDropCenters.com.

Featured Fundraisers

As a Featured Fundraiser on BottleDropCenters.com, your nonprofit appears on our website allowing any of our existing 100,000+ BottleDrop account holders to make direct donations from their personal BottleDrop account to your fundraising account online. With our new Fundraiser Blue Bag Program, approved Featured Fundraisers can distribute our special Fundraiser Blue Bags to supporters for collecting bottles and cans. Your Fundraiser Blue Bags can be dropped off by anyone at any BottleDrop Center and returns will be directly credited to your fundraiser account - no transfers required.

Using the Blue Bag Program

Fundraiser Blue Bags can be purchased online in rolls of 10 and picked up at any BottleDrop Center. Simply sign into your fundraiser account at BottleDropCenters.com and click the “Purchase Supplies” tab. You can use a credit card, debit card, or any available account funds to purchase bags. You MUST purchase bags online before picking them up at a BottleDrop Center. BLUE BAGS CANNOT BE PAID FOR INSIDE THE BOTTLEDROP CENTER.

The minimum order for Fundraiser Blue Bags is 10 - the maximum order is 100. Once you pick up your Fundraiser Blue Bags, simply tag them with your unique fundraiser label (supplied with bag purchase) before distributing bags to your supporters. After bags are dropped off the label is scanned and funds are credited directly into your fundraiser account.

Returning Blue Bags

Up to 10 full Fundraiser Blue Bags can be returned to any BottleDrop Center, 7 days a week. The tags affixed to Fundraiser Blue Bags can be used to open the secure 24-hour drop door between 6am and 10pm for easy, hassle-free drop off.

Fees and Special Introduction Offer

During our introductory period, each Featured Fundraiser will receive credit for 50 free Fundraiser Blue Bags which can be redeemed at any BottleDrop Center during business hours (typically 9am – 6pm). To claim your free blue bags, simply walk into any BottleDrop Center and request them from a staff member. You do not need to make any changes to your account or print off any vouchers. Additional bags cost 15 cents each, and a 25 cent processing fee will be applied to each blue bag that is dropped off.

Account Access

Due to security reasons, Featured Fundraiser accounts will not be issued a BottleDrop card and therefore will not be able to access funds at a BottleDrop Pay Station or retailer kiosk. Featured Fundraisers will need to continue accessing their funds via check request. Checks can be requested online once you have signed into your fundraiser account.

BottleDrop Fundraiser Blue Bag

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