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