Glisan Redemption Center Opens
August 19, 2013
First Portland BottleDrop Redemption Center to Open August 14
Portland, OR – The newest BottleDrop Redemption Center will open in Portland on August 14, 2013. The new facility, operated by Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), is located at 12403 NE Glisan Street. BottleDrop will allow area consumers to redeem their bottles and cans quickly and efficiently in a fully staffed facility seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The new center is a 6,500 sq. ft. development that will employ approximately 8 people. The facility will offer three convenient ways to redeem Oregon deposit containers:
• Hand Count- Staff will count up to 50 containers per day.
• Self-Serve- New reverse vending machines will accept up to 350 containers per day.
• EZ Drop System- Fill pre-labeled bags with deposit containers and drop off 24 hours a day. BottleDrop staff will count and sort the containers. The cash value will be credited into an account which can be accessed at participating retail store kiosks or any BottleDrop Center.
“We’re working to modernize the 41-year-old bottle bill, which includes changing from the original ‘return to retailer’ structure to the more convenient and efficient redemption center concept,” says John Andersen, President of OBRC. “This new model is part of our ongoing effort to increase overall state redemption rates and deliver a convenient and positive experience to consumers.”
BottleDrop Centers are operated and funded by OBRC in partnership with participating grocery retailers. Five participating retailers near the new redemption center – Bi-Mart at 12321 NE Halsey, Fred Meyer at 1111 NE 102nd, Safeway at 221 NE 122nd, Winco Foods at 1222 NE 102nd and Winco Foods at 1950 NE 122nd—will no longer be required to accept deposit containers after August 19th.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which governs the Oregon deposit law, unanimously approved the statewide rollout of the BottleDrop Redemption Center concept based upon success of three pilot redemption centers in Wood Village, Oregon City and Salem. OBRC plans to open additional redemption centers in Gresham, Salem, Bend and Eugene within the next six months.
OBRC is a member-owned, cooperative corporation that acts on behalf of beverage distributors to administer Oregon’s bottle bill; collecting and processing 98 percent of all containers sold and redeemed in Oregon. OBRC is responsible for picking up containers from nearly 3,000 retail locations. The co-op then counts, sorts, crushes, bales and recycles those containers. The entire process is funded and managed by the beverage and the retail industries – at no cost to taxpayers.