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One leader’s push to grow the ‘legacy’ of Oregon bottle bill

Published: February 3, 2023
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Jules Bailey, CEO of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), spent his first day as head of the company processing Green Bags. | Courtesy of OBRC

As the new CEO of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, Jules Bailey is focused on growth, convenience and supporting the community. 

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Oregon redemption center brings AI counting to consumers

Published: November 28, 2022
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Behind the scenes at BottleDrop's collection location.

The latest drop-off center from the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative uses AI to rapidly count and identify bottles and other containers. | Marissa Heffernan/Resource Recycling, Inc.

The busiest container redemption center in Oregon recently got an upgrade, delivering the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative’s neural network technology to a consumer-facing location for the first time. 

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California governor signs bottle bill expansion, other bills

Published: October 3, 2022
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Wine bottles

California has added wine and liquor bottles to the state’s beverage container redemption program. | Kieferpix/Shutterstock

California is adding wine and distilled spirits to its container redemption program, among other changes, after the governor signed the program expansion bill into law.

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Thermoform-to-thermoform bill draws mixed reactions

Published: September 13, 2022
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Thermoform containers holding eggs.

Thermoforms such as those shown here often contain post-consumer material from bottles, but a California bill would require post-consumer thermoforms to be used in production of new thermoforms. | Anakumka/Shutterstock

Current debate over a California bill requiring PET thermoforms to contain recycled PET derived from thermoforms boils down to one question: What will MRFs do? 

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A last-minute twist in effort to expand California bottle bill

Published: August 29, 2022
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Empty glass bottles for recycling.

Some glass recycling advocates have withdrawn their support for proposed California bottle bill legislation in the wake of last-minute amendments. | Fotosr52/Shutterstock

Just days before the end of the legislative session, lengthy amendments were tacked on to California bottle bill expansion legislation, greatly increasing the cost of the program. In response, some previous backers rescinded their support.

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CMI report suggests national bottle bill, improved sortation

Published: July 19, 2022
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Empty aluminum beverage cans arranged in rows.

The Can Manufacturer’s Institute has offered data on the benefits of a national bottle deposit system. | anmbph/Shutterstock

Can manufacturers are focusing on container deposit programs, expanded access and better sortation to improve aluminum beverage can recycling rates.

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Bottle bill reform heads to Iowa governor

Published: June 1, 2022
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Iowa capitol building in Des Moines seen from above.

Changes to Iowa’s bottle redemption program are awaiting the Governor’s signature. | Jacob Boomsma/Shutterstock

Iowa lawmakers have approved container deposit legislation that triples the bottle handling fee but allows grocery stores and other retail entities to opt out of the collection system, a fact that could significantly reduce redemption access.

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California program expansion bill clears Senate

Published: June 1, 2022
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Glass containers gathered for recycling.

A bill in California’s legislature adds wine and liquor bottles to the state container redemption program. | Josep Curto/Shutterstock

The California Senate passed a bill that would divert large amounts of glass from the curbside stream into the deposit system by applying a California Redemption Value to wine and liquor bottles.

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