Portland Plant – Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
As Oregonians, we’re just blessed with
this overwhelming abundance of natural beauty around us. This is a state we’re
proud of. With more and more people moving to Oregon, processing 1.2 billion
containers a year isn’t easy. You’ve got to keep up. At OBRC, we have operations
throughout the state. We have our headquarters in Portland – the nerve
center of everything that we do. Oregon was the first state in the nation to
enact a bottle deposit return system and we’ve had to learn from that. It’s a big
organization. We have about 300 employees and they’re doing a tough job every day
taking those empty bottles and cans and turning them into something useful. Our
employees get up every day knowing that OBRC is a place that is actually
making a difference in the world. When you redeem your bottle and can that
container will get processed right here in Oregon, helping create Oregon jobs, and 100% of that material gets recycled. That’s the magic of what happens behind the scenes and it’s really fun to be a part of. Recycling is about engaging in a system.
It’s about building community. It’s about being part of something larger than
yourself, taking something that we’ve used and using it again turning it into something new that’s part of our ethos. The fact that we want
this place here for our kids and grandkids.