The Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act requires the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission to establish by rule the methodology, procedures, and requirements to be used by producers of covered products when conducting evaluations of life cycle environmental impacts pursuant to the Act. Evaluations conducted by producers of packaging, printing and writing paper, and food serviceware in accordance with these rules will be used by the top 25 largest producers in the state to fulfill an obligation to evaluate and disclose impacts and can be used by all producers in requesting eco-modulated fee discounts.
Request for Information
Through two Request For Information (RFI) windows, DEQ is requesting information related to this rulemaking. When submitting a response, please use the subject line to indicate that it is in response to an RFI and send to RethinkRecycling@deq.state.or.us. The first RFI, linked below, has closed—it was open from May 1 through to June 30, 2023. Responses to this RFI informed the department’s drafting of category rules for covered products. A second RFI seeking feedback on the draft rules is envisioned for September-October 2023. Check back to this web page at the beginning of September to access the second RFI.
Do not submit any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information or other information for which disclosure is restricted by statute. Please do not submit information in audio or video format. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. In all cases, to the extent possible, please cite any public data related to or that support your responses. If data are available, but non-public, describe such data to the extent permissible.
Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or retracted. If you elect to comment, you do not need to address every question and may focus on those where you have relevant expertise or experience. Please identify the question(s) you are responding to by question number when submitting your comments.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public webinar on May 18, 2023, to share/promote the RFI and provide an opportunity to ask questions directly of staff.
Throughout the rulemaking process there will be other opportunities for stakeholder engagement.
For more information about the RFI, contact RethinkRecycling@deq.state.or.us