Oregon Legislature passes bill to improve state recycling system

For decades, Oregonians and our environment have paid the price for plastic pollution. A new bill will shift some of that cost to the plastics producers.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

For decades, Oregonians and our environment have paid the price for plastic pollution. A new bill will shift some of that cost to the plastics producers.

On June 25, the Oregon Legislature passed SB 582 to update the state's recycling system and require producers to cover some of the costs to manage the waste their products become. The bill now heads to Gov. Kate Brown's desk for signing.

"This bill will lead to a lot of much-needed improvements to our recycling system," said Environment Oregon State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango. "But the reality is recycling is not going to fix all of our environmental challenges. It is simply not enough to have a place for our garbage to go — we need to focus on creating less garbage in the first place."

Environment Oregon will continue calling for bans on the single-use plastic products that pollute our communities and environment and threaten wildlife.

Read more about the bill.

Learn more about our Wildlife Over Waste campaign. 

ACT NOW

Moving beyond plastic foam is something we can do right now, right here. If we win, we’ll see a difference in cleaner beaches and parks, and we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, lakes and oceans.

Let’s choose wildlife over waste. Tell our governor and lawmakers to ban plastic foam take-out cups and containers.

Photo: Environment Oregon State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango testified before state decision-makers for increased producer responsibility for plastic waste and a modernized recycling system in Oregon on Feb. 23. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.