Reuse and Recycling

ORS 459A.680
Labeling requirements for rigid plastic bottles and containers


All rigid plastic bottles and rigid plastic containers sold in Oregon shall be labeled with a code that indicates the resin used to produce the rigid plastic bottle or rigid plastic container. Rigid plastic bottles or rigid plastic containers with labels, basecups or other components of a different material may be coded by their basic material if the material is compatible in recycling systems. The code shall consist of a number placed inside a triangle and letters placed below the triangle. The triangle shall be equilateral, formed by three arrows with the apex of each point of the triangle at the midpoint of each arrow, rounded with a short radius. The pointer of each arrow shall be at the midpoint of each side of the triangle with a short gap separating the pointer from the base of the adjacent arrow. The triangle, formed by the three arrows curved at their midpoints, shall depict a clockwise path around the code number. The numbers and letters used shall be as follows:


1 = PETE (polyethylene terephthalate);


2 = HDPE (high density polyethylene);


3 = V (vinyl);


4 = LDPE (low density polyethylene);


5 = PP (polypropylene);


6 = PS (polystyrene); and


7 = OTHER.


The Department of Environmental Quality shall maintain a list of abbreviations used on labels under subsection (1) of this section and shall provide a copy of that list to any person upon request. [1991 c.385 §87; 1993 c.560 §100]
Note: See note under 459A.675 (Definitions for ORS 459A.675 to 459A.685).
§§ 459A.700 to 459A.740

(formerly 459.810 to 459.890)

Notes of Decisions

The "bottle bill" is a valid exercise of Oregon's police power and is valid under the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. Am. Can Co. v. Ore. Liquor Control Comm., 15 Or App 618, 517 P2d 691 (1973)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Effect of constitutional provision requiring payments based on government regulations restricting use of property, (2001) Vol 49, p 284

Law Review Citations

53 OLR 479-482 (1974); 4 EL 419-427 (1974); 54 OLR 175 (1975)

§§ 459A.005 to 459A.085

(formerly 459.165 to 459.200)

Law Review Citations

15 EL 387 (1985)


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