Oregon initiates first modern statewide refillable glass bottle system in the US

At the beginning of the century, refillable bottles where the only option when you purchased a beer or soda from the local merchant. With the invention of the steel can in 1938, however, that practice began to change. Within 10 years, the 100% refillable glass usage for beer had dropped to 84%. When non-refillable glass started taking over mainstream production, that number dropped to 8% by 1986 and, according to the Container Recycling Institute, refillable beer bottles now account for less...

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