News Release | Environment Oregon

Polystyrene foam ban voted down by Oregon Senate 15-14

A bill to ban polystyrene foam takeout containers and cups in Oregon, House Bill 2883, was voted down in the Oregon Senate by a vote of 15-14 today. Here's our statement in response.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Oregon legislature sends ban on single-use plastic bags to Governor’s desk

Today, House Bill 2509 (also known as the Sustainable Shopping Initiative) cleared its final hurdle in the Oregon legislature when it passed the Oregon Senate with a vote of 17-12. Intended to fight plastic pollution and reduce the use of single-use plastics in Oregon, HB 2509 would ban single-use plastic grocery bags and require a 5-cent fee on single-use paper bags. It now heads to the Governor’s desk for her signature.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Oregon Legislature will consider bill to limit use of plastic bags statewide

Flanked by young people and environmental groups, Representative Carla Piluso (HD-50), Representative Janeen Sollman (HD-30), and Representative Chris Gorsek (HD-49) shared the details of the “Sustainable Shopping Initiative,” House Bill 2509, which would build off of the 16 existing local ordinances already in place in Oregon to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Children’s book empowers kids to reduce plastic waste

The problem of plastic in the world’s ocean and its detrimental impact on marine wildlife has gained more attention in recent years. For the director of a local environmental non-profit, Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center, this provides a big opportunity to get people to connect the dots between the problem of plastic pollution and their own consumer habits. So, she decided to write a children’s book about it.

Environment Oregon has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise money to self-publish “Myrtle the Turtle,” our children’s book about a young, adventurous sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean who mistakes a plastic bag for a jellyfish, and realizes she needs your help to keep her ocean home safe and beautiful.

Ten tips for reducing holiday waste

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director

With the holiday shopping season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and buy more than we need, for ourselves and for others. Here are ten tips for how you can help reduce plastic pollution and other waste around the holidays.

Plastic bag bans: a dozen cities and counting

By | John Ammondson
Fellow

As concern about the impacts of plastic on our environment has continued to mount, city level bans on single-use plastic grocery bags have been sweeping across Oregon.

Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

The State of Recycling in Oregon

Since 2014, Oregon’s recycling rate has steadily declined, from 41 percent to 37 percent. Although Oregon’s recycling rate remains above the national average of 34.7 percent, the results are well below the state’s goal of achieving 52 percent by 2020 and 55 percent by 2025. Note that every single major county has failed to improve their reduction of waste since 2012. This downward trend will likely continue without serious investment and programmatic change.

Salem stores will soon be free of the plastic bags that pollute our oceans and threaten wildlife...

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