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Stewards of the Oregon Bottle Bill celebrate its 50th birthday with a treasure hunt, hiding six golden bottles in parks around the state.

COURTESY OREGON BEVERAGE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE  - Map shows the zones for the treasure hunt for the golden bottles; one bottle in each zone. Finders will have the opportunity to help out a nonprofit.Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative has initiated a treasure hunt that takes place from Wednesday, July 7, through Sunday, July 11.

OBRC is the not-for-profit cooperative that serves as the operational steward of the Bottle Bill and the parent company of Oregon's BottleDrop. The treasure hunt is part of a celebration of 50 years of the Oregon Bottle Bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom McCall on July 2, 1971. Today, Oregon sees some of the top beverage container recycling rates in the U.S.

The treasure hunt involves six commemorative, gold-colored bottles stashed in parks throughout the state; one bottle in each zone, six zones total. OBRC spokespersons said they will release one clue per day about the bottles' location on a dedicated webpage — https://www.bottledropcenters.com/hunt. Marion County is in Zone 1B, along with Yamhill, Polk and Tillamook counties.COURTESY OREGON BEVERAGE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE  - I golden bottle in each of Oregon's six zones is stashed and awaiting someone to find it.

Treasure hunt winners can keep the commemorative bottle and select a BottleDrop nonprofit partner to receive a $500 donation through the BottleDrop Containers for Change program.

"Thereis no better way to celebrate the Bottle Bill 's 50th birthday than to engage Oregonians in a fun outdoor activity that features the special places it helps keep litter free," said Eric Chambers, external relations director for OBRC.


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