Six green BottleDrop Refillable bottle sitting in a natural setting of brown ground cover and ivy.

Hidden Bottle Hunt

July 6-10

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What is the Hidden Bottle Hunt?

In 2021, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s iconic Bottle Bill by hiding six commemorative bottles across the state, all in the special places the Bottle Bill helps keep litter free. Thousands of Oregonians joined in the hunt, went outside, and followed the daily clues to search for the hidden bottles. The lucky “finders” got to keep the commemorative bottle (they’re like a trophy!), and were also able to direct a $500 donation to the BottleDrop Give nonprofit of their choice.

The Bottle Hunt was so much fun last year that we decided to do it again in 2022! This year’s hidden bottles have a whole new look, and we’re doubling the prize for each chosen nonprofit to $1,000!

Just like last year, each bottle will be hidden in a different geographic zone of Oregon (map below), and we’ll release separate clues for each bottle at 10:00 am, every day of the hunt. Sign up to receive the daily clues.

When is the Hidden Bottle Hunt?

The Hidden Bottle Hunt begins with the announcement of the first clue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 6. The final clue will be issued at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 10 (or until each bottle is found, whichever occurs first).

Where are the bottles hidden?

OBRC and the BottleDrop network conduct statewide container redemption operations through a series of five operational “zones,” which we’ve used to break up the state geographically, and we’re hiding one bottle in each zone. Due to the population of Zone 1, we’ve further divided it into Zone 1 West, and Zone 1 East, and have hidden a bottle in each, for a total of 6 hidden bottles across the state.


Zone 1E Clues Zone 1W Clues Zone 2 Clues Zone 3 Clues Zone 4 Clues Zone 5 Clues
Green painted BottleDrop Refillable bottle standing next to a burlap bag with a green background. This one of the six bottles that will be hidden for our celebratory hidden bottle hunt to celebrate how Oregon's bottle bill has promoted recycling since 1971.

What do the bottles look like?

We have taken six of our unique BottleDrop Refillable bottles – used for our Refillable beverage program – and had them specially painted by an Oregon professional. The bottles include a unique label and a metal emblem honoring Oregon’s Bottle Bill, which has produced outstanding recycling and litter-remediation outcomes for the past 51 years!

The bottles will be wrapped to prevent breakage and covered in a burlap sack to protect them from the elements while they wait for you to find them.

How do I participate?

Participation is simple! Just follow the clues and hunt for the bottles. It’s even more fun to team up and hunt with your friends and family. If you’d like to receive the clues by email each day, just sign up here.

What do I get if I find a hidden bottle?

For one, you get all the esteem and bragging rights that come with cracking the clues and being first to the bottle. Congratulations! Second, you get to keep the bottles, and they are super cool! Finally, best of all, you get to direct a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of your choice from our list of nearly 5,000 participating BottleDrop Give nonprofits across Oregon. Each hidden bottle includes instructions for how to contact us when you find it. Just follow those directions as soon as you find the bottle!


What are the rules for the Hidden Bottle Hunt?

Here are some of the rules related to the Hidden Bottle Hunt.

  • Do not trespass on private property. All bottles are hidden in parks or trails open to the public.
  • Do not go inside any buildings to look for bottles. All bottles are hidden outside.
  • Do not dig for the bottles or otherwise damage/destroy any plants or structures at the park/trail, and bottles will not be hidden in any community garden spaces. The bottles may be concealed but will not be hidden in places that require damaging property in any way. You do not need to dig underground or destroy anything to access the bottles, and doing so is prohibited.
  • Abide by any park/trail hours while you are hunting.

But there is, of course, some legal language as well. Here are the 2022 Hidden Bottle Hunt Official Rules & Regulations, in full.

Happy hunting!

  • Daily Clues


Zone 1E Clues

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Zone 1W Clues

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Zone 2 Clues

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Zone 3 Clues

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Zone 4 Clues

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Zone 5 Clues

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The treasure we’d have really liked to find is a hidden bottle!

— The Goonies (probably, if they knew about the Hunt)
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