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.

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

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 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.

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