Plastic in the environment

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Why, exactly, are plastics so bad for our environment and for the earth’s wildlife? Let's explore how plastics actually end up in the environment, where they ultimately end up, and what the impacts are on the earth’s wildlife and ecosystems. 

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Oregon groups urge Whole Foods: Put planet over plastic by eliminating plastic packaging

Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, OSPIRG Foundation, OSPIRG Students and other nonprofits launched a campaign in Oregon on Tuesday calling on Whole Foods to change its practices on plastic packaging.

The really scary side of Halloween

By | Will Toppin

It's scary to think about all the waste created by our Halloween celebrations and its impact on the environment. Here are some fun craft ideas for a waste-free holiday.

Where, oh where has our bag ban gone?

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

We now know more about how COVID-19 spreads, and it's time for Oregon to recommit to the bag ban.

Now accepting fall internship applications

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

This fall will look a little different than our typical internship, with all work being done remotely and adhering to strict social distancing guidelines. But one thing remains the same: interns will still have an opportunity to make a big difference on our campaigns.

News Release | Environment Oregon

New Year, new law: statewide ban on single-use bags goes into effect

A new law that bans single-use carryout bags across the state of Oregon went into effect with the New Year. Today, a group of lawmakers and environmental advocates came together to celebrate. 

Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

The State of Recycling in Oregon

In 2019, the state of recycling is disappointing. Our report shows that in order to tackle our plastic waste crisis, we need to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics we don't need, reuse what we can, and make it possible to recycle the rest. The time to take action is now.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

New study: Oregon is facing serious recycling challenges

Oregon is moving backwards, both when it comes to its recycling rate and waste reduction efforts, according to a new study from Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center. The second annual State of Recycling in Oregon highlights structural challenges, the rise of plastic, the effects of failing to recycle, plastic-to-fuel efforts, and trends in the state’s recycling data.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Children’s book empowers kids to reduce plastic waste

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to self-publish the children's book, Myrtle the Turtle, it is now printed and available for purchase online. 

Report | Environment Oregon

2019 Oregon Legislative Scorecard

Read our 2019 Oregon Legislative Scorecard and see how your state legislators voted on key environmental bills.

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