Bottle and can redemptions to increase on the Central Oregon Coast

(From left) Fred Meyer Store Manager Angela Nelson and State Rep. Boomer Wright cut a ribbon to open Florence's first bulk bottle and can redemption center. Also in attendance were representatives from Florence VFW Post 3232, Camp Baker Boy Scouts and Oregon Coast Humane Society.

BottleDrop, Fred Meyer open Green Bag drop location in Florence

May 26, 2021 — Oregon BottleDrop and Fred Meyer are excited to announce the grand opening of the first bulk bottle and can redemption location in Florence. This BottleDrop network drop location at the Florence Fred Meyer, 4701 Highway 101, will allow area residents to participate in the Green Bag program and will open up new fundraising opportunities for local nonprofits through the Blue Bag program.

The BottleDrop network drop location will make it fast and easy for Central Coast residents to return, redeem and recycle redeemable beverage containers in special 20-gallon BottleDrop Green Bags, which can be purchased at the Florence Fred Meyer store.

“At Fred Meyer, we are excited to be able to offer new options for our customers and also help contribute to the reduction of waste in our community, which aligns with our Zero Hunger/Zero

Waste social impact plan. This new facility will make redeeming beverage containers faster and easier for our Florence area customers,” said Jeffery Temple, Director of Corporate Affairs for Fred Meyer.

Customers can also sign up for a BottleDrop account at the store kiosk, and print bag tag labels with QR codes linking the bags to their accounts. Then they simply tag their bags, fill them with empty Oregon 10-cent refund containers, and drop them off at the new BottleDrop network drop location. Their containers are counted and credited to their BottleDrop accounts within seven days.

BottleDrop is operated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), which introduced the Green Bag program in 2010 as a convenient and efficient redemption option for Oregonians. The program has grown each year, with Oregonians returning 8.3 million Green and Blue Bags in 2020.

According to Oregon State Rep. Boomer Wright, “Redeeming cans and bottles just got a lot easier on the Central Coast. Oregon’s Bottle Bill continues to get some of the best outcomes in the world, in part because of convenient options like the Green Bag program. I’m tremendously excited to see the BottleDrop network expanding to our area.”

Oregon State Sen. Dick Anderson also expressed excitement.

“This option is very popular everywhere it’s available, and it makes redeeming cans and bottles fast and easy,” he said. “This location will also open the area up to the Blue Bag program, which helps nonprofits engage their supporters and supercharge their fundraising through ongoing can and bottle donations.”

 

How does BottleDrop’s Green Bag system work?

Oregonians who have a BottleDrop account can purchase approved 20-gallon Green Bags for a small fee. They also receive printed bag tag labels with QR codes linking their bags to their accounts. They fill the 20-gallon bags with redeemable bottles and cans and drop them at any approved Green Bag drop location. BottleDrop will count the contents and credit the account within seven days. There are different ways account holders can spend their redemption funds:

  • Withdraw for cash at the Fred Meyer Florence or any BottleDrop kiosk;
  • Make them go 20% further by spending them at the Fred Meyer Florence through the

BottleDrop Plus program;

  • Save for education with an Oregon 529 account; or,
  • Donate to a charity of your choice through BottleDrop Give.

Customers can get started with the Green Bag program on BottleDrop’s website, by downloading the mobile app via the App Store and Google Play or by signing up at the BottleDrop kiosk inside the Fred Meyer Florence.

 

The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is the industry steward of Oregon’s nationally recognized beverage container redemption system and operator of the BottleDrop centers. Headquartered in Clackamas, Ore., OBRC is a statewide, not-for-profit cooperative, formed by the beverage distributors, manufacturers and grocers. OBRC helps keep Oregon beautiful by providing outstanding services to partners, distributors, retailers and the public for the recovery, reuse and recycling of beverage containers.

Through OBRC’s BottleDrop Redemption Centers and container pickup service for more than 2,500 retail partners, the co-op recycles around 3 billion beverage containers annually. To learn more, visit BottleDropCenters.com or OBRC.com.

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