Oregon adopts groundbreaking Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act
Historic new law overhauls Oregon's recycling system, requires producers to help create convenient, accessible and reliable services for all Oregonians
A new law in Oregon will update the state's recycling systems to make recycling easier and more reliable, expand access to services and upgrade the facilities that sort recyclables. The Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act (Senate Bill 582), signed Aug. 6 by Gov. Kate Brown, will also ensure collected materials are recycled responsibly, and reduce social and environmental harms, such as plastic pollution.
“This new modernization law means that, once again, Oregon will be a national leader in innovative recycling," said DEQ Director Richard Whitman.“ A lot of people worked incredibly hard to get this legislation passed. When we come together and truly collaborate, as we did with this law, it's amazing what we can accomplish as a state."