Which Bottles & Cans Have Deposits?


Bottle & Can Deposit Increased to 10 cents on April 1st, 2017.

Save those bottles and cans! Oregon was the first state to enact the Bottle Bill in 1971, and now we’re the first state in the nation to boost a previously established deposit amount. On April 1st our deposit went from 5 to 10 cents (even if it still says 5 cents on the label).

According to the Oregon Beverage Redemption Center:

Any beverage container with an Oregon refund value can be returned at BottleDrop. Please note that containers must have the brand name and/or the OR 10 marking legible to be redeemed. Containers purchased outside of Oregon do not have an Oregon refund value, even if they have the OR 10 refund value on the label. Knowingly returning containers purchased outside of Oregon is fraud and is punishable by law.

Here is the information on which cans and bottles qualify straight from the OLCC website, although it is not exhaustive:

Beverages in sizes 3 liters or less

  • Soda (carbonated/sparkling beverages)
  • Beer and other malt beverages
  • Water
  • Kombucha*
  • Hard Seltzer*

*These beverages are currently redeemable even though they may not have OR 10¢ on the container. The deadline to include OR 10¢ is January 1, 2021.

Beverages in sizes from 4 ounces up to and including 1.5 liters

  • Coffee/tea (even if they contain milk)
  • Energy and sports drinks
  • Fruit and vegetable juice (does not have to be 100%)
  • Smoothies and shakes
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Coconut water
  • Non‐alcohol wine
  • Drinking vinegar
  • Hard cider if 8.5% ABV or less
  • Marijuana beverages
  • Muscle Milk
  • Protein shakes (unless marketed as a liquid meal replacement)
  • Ready‐to‐drink cocktail mixers, like margarita mix or bloody Mary mix

Rule of Thumb

Generally, if you can pour it and drink it, it’s covered unless:

  • It’s one of the specifically excluded beverages (distilled spirits, wine, dairy milk, plant‐based milk, infant formula, and liquid meal replacements.
  • It’s in a carton, foil pouch, drink box, or metal container that requires a tool to be opened.

1 Comment

  1. Dennis Winters on October 7, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the info!

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