Purpose of Practice

  • Reduce the OLCC “carbon footprint” and energy consumption
  • Be a responsible member of the community
  • Reduce OLCC expenses and increase efficiencies
  • Reduce contributions to landfills

Description of Practice

The OLCC seeks ways to reduce, recycle and reuse materials in the OLCC Portland distribution center. Strategies over the years have included:

  • Reducing the mountain of plastic in the distribution center: 
    1. pallets of products are encased in plastic shrink wrap or stretch wrap
    2. In the year 2000, OLCC purchased a baler to compress all plastic:
      1. Reduces garbage hauling costs for OLCC.
      2. OLCC can sell the baled plastic – stretch wrap, shrink wrap and plastic from dunnage bags.
  • Recycling the wooden pallets used for transporting in or storing product:
    1. 42,000 pallets go through the OLCC system a year 
    2. Pallets come in, but OLCC does not use them to ship out; they accumulate
    3. OLCC sells broken pallets to a third party who rebuilds the pallets
  • Recycling cardboard boxes: 
    1. Liquor stores return liquor product boxes to the distribution center:
      1. OLCC reuses some of these returned boxes in its “repack” operation, using the boxes to ship partial cases of product to liquor stores
      2. OLCC recycles the rest of the boxes, along with paper and plastic from inbound dunnage bags. 
      3. OLCC reuses plastic peanuts in shipping.
  • Recycling glass from broken bottles. 
  • Upgrading the distribution center lighting to a higher light output and lower electricity demand. 
  • Installing diesel exhaust cleaners on OLCC trucks. 
  • Using skylights to reduce or eliminate the need for electric lights in the summer.

Please see attached copies of slides from a recent NABCA presentation in Montana on this topic.

Success or Improvements

Oregon’s Government has set a goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2015. OLCC works to reduce is energy use in various ways.
The OLCC recycles the equivalent of more than 12 million square feet of stretch wrap each year. Without recycling, that stretch wrap would be in a landfill.
In the year 2000, OLCC purchased a $4,000 baler to recycle plastic. By using the baler, OLCC reduced garbage pick-ups – and their expense -- from three times to once a week during the busy season. The return on investment for the baler purchase was less than one year. 
The distribution center light replacement project costs an estimated $36,000 with a 2.5 year payback.
Installing diesel exhaust cleaners on OLCC trucks cost is $1,500 per truck, with a 90 percent reduction of emissions.
In addition to saving money, OLCC contributes to the preservation of the Oregon environment through these practices.
OLCC received the State of Oregon 2001 Resource Steward of the Year Award in recognition of its distribution center “green” efforts.


OLCC received the State of Oregon 2001 Resource Steward of the Year Award in recognition of its distribution center “green” efforts.


Name: Bill Mallon, OLCC Distribution Center 
Agency: Licensing OLCC 
Address: 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222 
Tele: 508-872-5036 
Email: bill.mallon@state.or.us