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What’s old is new: opposition edition

By Danny SchafferMore than 40 years after its passage, the bottle bill remains one of Oregon’s most celebrated laws – elevating the state’s image as a national leader for environmental policy. The bill is also an enduring source of pride for the Oregon Environmental Council, which played a key role in its passage. As a fledgling organization, launched just five years earlier, the bottle bill’s success solidified OEC’s reputation as an effective voice for principled yet pragmatic environmental policies.The bill, not surprisingly, was bitterly opposed by the beverage and container industries which dreaded that it would become a model ...