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Learn how to use BottleDrop to redeem more containers

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A person holding a green bag, standing in front of a BottleDrop redemption center
A step-by-step guide to use BottleDrop to save time and gain money.
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BottleDrop saves time and hassle. Here, Chris shows how to use BottleDrop and how to get the most bang for his buck.


Step 1: Register online or sign up at a BottleDrop Center and get your account card, pre-approved stickers and green bags. Chris already has an account and is ready to go.

Green BottleDrop bag and a roll of white stickers

Steps 2 & 3: Fill your bags with returnable bottles and cans, like this beer bottle. Apply your BottleDrop sticker to the outside of the bag.

Redeemable items include: Bottles and cans for beer, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, coconut water, hard cider and kombucha.

left side: a bottle going into a container, right side: a full bag of cans and bottles

Step 4: Head to a BottleDrop Redemption Center and choose your option: BottleDrop account, self-serve or hand count.

If you have a BottleDrop account set up, use your BottleDrop card to unlock door, then push your bottle bag through. You’ll be credited every time you use the system, and then you can redeem your balance for cash at any BottleDrop Redemption Center.

A person scanning their bottledrop card and then dropping off a bag

Steps 5 & 6: Use a BottleDrop Plus kiosk in participating redemption centers and retail grocery stores for store credit. BottleDrop Plus allows you to get 20 percent more for your bottle and can redemptions (that’s 12 cents per container!). This is what Chris does because he shops at the grocery store and can use the store credit immediately.

left side: A bottledrop kiosk, right side: A store credit receipt

According to Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, the organization that operates BottleDrop redemption centers, as of 2018, more than 60 percent of all returns come through a BottleDrop center and nearly 200,000 Oregonians are green bag account holders.  

Find a BottleDrop location near you at www.bottledropcenters.com.