Recycling has the potential to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution, but Oregon’s policy framework for recycling was created nearly 40 years ago – and the world has changed drastically since then. Our recycling system is outdated and needs an update.
Senate Bill 582A
The Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act (Senate Bill 582A) is a significant overhaul of state policy that would modernize Oregon's recycling system. This system-wide update will create programs that are more resilient to change, optimize environmental benefits and restore public trust. The bill will make recycling easier for the public to use, expand access to recycling services, upgrade the facilities that sort recyclables, and create environmental benefits while reducing social or environmental harms, such as litter. Importantly, it will also require producers and manufacturers to pay for many of these necessary improvements and help ensure recycling is successful in Oregon.
The original language of the bill was captured in House Bill 2065. Since its introduction, the language was amended and moved to Senate Bill 582. Below are the original documents for House Bill 2065.
News and updates
Recycling Steering Committee
From 2018 to 2020, DEQ and other partners responsible for Oregon’s recycling system collaborated through the Recycling Steering Committee to identify what a future recycling system should look like and recommend changes to achieve that future system. Visit the RSC Resources page to learn more about the process and read meeting materials and reports.