Green Bag Program Frequently Asked Questions

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With the Green Bag program you can simply drop off bags of bottles and cans with an Oregon refund value. We’ll do the counting and processing, and the value of the containers will be credited to your BottleDrop account. Then you can use get extra value on your returns with BottleDrop Plus, make donations to your favorite causes, or contribute your refund value to an Oregon College Savings Plan.

Signing up for an account is free. A roll of 10 Green Bags costs $2.00, and a $0.40 fee is charged for each bag processed by BottleDrop. Bag Tag stickers are required for each bag and are free to print from any BottleDrop kiosk. All bag purchases and processing fees are debited from the account, so no payment is required to get started.

Green Bags are 13 gallons (about the size of a common kitchen trash bag) and hold between 70 and 90 standard 12 oz. bottles and cans. The amount of containers that can be placed in a Green Bag varies based on container size and weight. Green Bags should never be more than 20 lb. and should be cinched all the way closed to ensure containers stay in the bag.

A box of 10 Green Bag costs $2.00. Bag Tag stickers are free to print at kiosks at bag drop locations. 

You can drop bags at our full service Redemption Centers and our Express drop door locations. Find Bag Drop locations on our locations finder.

You can drop up to a total of 15 bags every 90 days, i.e. you can drop just one bag, or as many as 15 bags, when you visit a BottleDrop.

A few examples.

You may drop 15 bags on a single trip to the BottleDrop every 90 days.

You may drop 5 bags on one trip to BottleDrop on October 1, then come back within 90 days (by December 29) and drop 10 more bags.

You may drop 7 bags on October 1, 4 bags on November 15, and 4 bags on December 29.

You may drop 3 bags on consecutive days until you reach your limit of 15 bags, and then you may not drop any more bags until the next 90 day period begins at which point you may drop 3 more with the first and subsequent 4 days.

Any time you exceed 15 bags per 90 day period, your account will be deactivated so that you will no longer be able to drop bags. You will still have access to your balance. BottleDrop will close your account if you  repeatedly exceed bag limits or drop more than 15 bags on the same day.

Dropping more than the allowable limits may result in the suspension or closure of your account.

You can purchase Green Bags and print Bag Tag stickers at the same places where you can drop off your bags. Please see our locations page to find BottleDrop locations near you.

You can put any container in a Green Bag that is eligible for an Oregon refund. You can mix plastic, metal, and glass containers in the same bag. Containers must have been purchased in Oregon, and they must be empty, whole, and uncrushed.

Please note: 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. However, you do not have to be an Oregon resident to redeem containers in Oregon. If you live out of state and purchase refund eligible containers in Oregon, we advise you to keep relevant receipts to present to BottleDrop staff upon request.

Visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Bottle Bill page for an extensive list of eligible beverage container types.

Yes. There is a 20 lb. weight limit for each bag. Twenty pounds is about 30 standard-sized 12 oz. glass bottles. If you have a lot of glass bottles, we recommend putting 10-15 glass bottles in a bag and filling it the rest of the way with plastic and aluminum to keep it light.

No. We are not able to accept crushed or flattened containers in BottleDrop Green Bags. Our staff will hand count up to 50 crushed or flattened containers per day as long as they are not damaged past the point of identifying the container and refund value information.

Green Bags will be processed and credited to your account within 7 days. In the event BottleDrop is unable to process a bag and credit your account within 7 days, we will provide a bag credit based on recent activity in your account.

These are the BottleDrop account terms and conditions. Please note that an account can be closed with or without notice if found to be in violation of the terms and conditions, which you agree to upon signing up for an account.

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