The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) has partnered with Double Mountain Brewery & Tap Room to pilot a program to refill beer bottles.
Today, beer bottles are recycled by crushing, melting, and making bottles from the glass. The new process will be to clean and sanitize a modified 20 ounce beer bottle and return it to brewers for refilling. The modified Double Mountain beer bottles will be accepted at any BottleDrop Redemption Center in the Portland metro area.
“It’s a great sustainability story but its also a great economic story. Because we can wash these bottles and get them back to the breweries for cheaper than its costs to buy new bottles from China,” Jules Bailey with OBRC said.
In the future, OBRC hopes to expand the program to other breweries.
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