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As a result of the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act, new changes are coming to the recycling system that will take effect on July 1, 2025. There is a large amount of foundational work to be completed before that date – including several studies, administrative rulemakings, pilot testing, creation of new permitting and certification programs, and more.
Administrative rulemaking is a key process that will take place over the next few years, and it will consist of two processes.
Rulemaking period #1 is scheduled to occur now through the mid-2023, with draft rules brought to the Environmental Quality Commission for consideration in the third quarter of 2023. It will address:
Rulemaking period #2 is scheduled to occur between late 2022 through mid-2024, with draft rules brought before EQC in the third quarter of 2024. It will address:
As part of the implementation process, DEQ and its partners must also complete a series of comprehensive projects that will help inform rulemaking and other new or improved recycling system programs. These projects will involve significant staff and partner engagement. Some of these projects span over a multi-year period. These projects include:
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