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Clues will lead treasure hunters to six commemorative bottles hidden throughout Oregon

A popular statewide treasure hunt that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Oregon's bottle bill will return for year 51.

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative announced it will hold a 2022 Hidden Bottle Hunt from July 6-10. OBEC will hide six commemorative bottles in parks and on trails throughout the state and post clues for the hunt daily on the Oregon BottleDrop website, leading treasure hunters to the hiding places. COURTESY PHOTO: TANYA PARTEM - Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will hold a statewide treasure hunt for six commemorative bottles from July 6-10.

"Last year's Hidden Bottle Hunt was the first of its kind, hosted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Oregon bottle bill," said Eric Chambers, external relations director for OBRC, the not-for-profit cooperative that serves as the operational steward of the bottle bill and operates the BottleDrop network.

"It was so much fun and was so successful at raising awareness about the legacy of Oregon's bottle bill that we decided to do it again."

Like last year, the 2022 hunt will comprise six separate, simultaneous hunts, geographically dispersed in parks and trails across Oregon. Winners get to keep the commemorative bottle and select a BottleDrop Give nonprofit partner to receive a $1,000 donation through BottleDrop's Containers for Change program. More than 5,000 nonprofits across Oregon raise funds for their organizations through BottleDrop's Give program.

July marks the 51st anniversary of the Oregon bottle bill, which Gov. Tom McCall signed into law on July 2, 1971. It established the nation's first beverage container redemption system, and it has helped keep Oregon clean and litter free for over five decades.

Oregon's bottle bill is among the most successful in the nation. In 2021, OBRC's redemption rate was 83.9%, with Oregonians returning nearly 2 billion containers for Grade-A domestic recycling.

"Our Hidden Bottle Hunt will be a fun opportunity for individuals and families to get outside and connect closely with the bottle bill's mission of protecting public spaces" Chambers said. "Best of all, the winners get to 'redeem' their bottle for a nice donation to one of over 5,000 participating nonprofits serving communities across Oregon."

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