Producer responsibility organizations are required to provide funding or
reimbursement to local governments or their service providers for aspects of
the local recycling system under ORS 459A.890 (Section 13 of the
Recycling Modernization Act). PROs need
to describe how they will fulfill these requirements in their program plans
which must be submitted to DEQ by March 31, 2024. DEQ is preparing rules in
order to ensure PROs understand how they need to fund local governments and
what to include in their program plans.
Recycling collection expansion needs assessment
All Oregon cities and counties, regardless of size, will be eligible to receive funding from producer responsibility organizations for new expansion of on-route collection for residents and businesses, depot collection or both for covered recycling products under ORS 459A.890(5).
For more information about local governments' eligibility to receive funding for expanding recycling collection services, visit DEQ's web page Local Government Recycling Collection Expansion Needs Assessment.
There are two rulemakings planned to implement the RMA. Rules related to 459A.890 will likely span both rulemakings. The first rulemaking is currently in progress and includes several topics including aspects local governments compensation.
Local government compensation topics planned for the first rulemaking:
- Transportation of covered recycling to commingled processing facilities and markets — 459A.890(2)
- Contamination reduction programming (may be deferred to the second rulemaking) — 459A.890(4)
- Expansion of recycling collection on-route and at depots — 459A.890(5)
- Returning unused funding — 459A.890(11)(b)
See DEQ’s recycling rulemaking web page
for more information about upcoming rulemaking advisory committee meetings and proposed rule concepts. DEQ plans to begin undertaking the second rulemaking in 2023.
The public will have opportunity to comment on
draft rules as part of the rulemaking
in Spring 2023.
For more information please contact DEQ's project manager, Roxann Nayar