When it comes to addressing our plastic waste crisis, Oregonians are aiming high.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Comprehensive bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

As plastic pollution becomes an increasingly dire problem, elected officials in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation Thursday to address the issue.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Plastics Rally Draws Oregon Leaders and Citizens Together to Address Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, State Representative Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) and other Oregonians held a virtual rally to celebrate "Rise Above Plastic Pollution Day" in Oregon. The event highlighted several efforts underway to stem the tide of plastic pollution in Oregon, from a research lab at Oregon State University to innovative business startups, from the halls of Salem to the halls of the U.S. Capitol. The message was clear: Oregon can and should be a national leader in preventing plastic pollution.

When it comes to plastic pollution, shouldn’t the producers of that plastic take more responsibility? Environment Oregon State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango certainly thinks so.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Environment Oregon supports right to repair

We support House Bill 2698 because the right to repair is critical to protecting precious natural resources, mitigating climate change pollution and preventing waste.

Report | Environment Oregon

Environment Oregon 2021 Legislative Agenda

Here is Environment Oregon's Legislative Agenda for the 2021 session. 

Five things the Oregon legislature can do to tackle plastic pollution in 2021

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Nothing we use for a few minutes should pollute the environment and harm wildlife for hundreds of years. It’s time to move beyond single-use plastic by getting rid of the most harmful waste, and stopping the use of things we truly don’t need. Here are five bills that the Oregon legislature should consider in 2021 to move beyond plastics.

Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Break the Waste Cycle

Holding producers responsible for the waste they create can incentivize a shift to a circular economy – one in which less waste is produced, products are built to last and easy to repair, and remaining materials are recycled or composted. Such a system would create zero waste, eliminating the need for landfills and trash incinerators, conserving natural resources and reducing pollution. Read our new report to learn more.

Plastics and climate change

By | Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

This blog explores the climate impacts of plastic production and dealing with plastic waste, and the ramifications for the world’s carbon budget if plastic production continues to increase.

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.