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Oregon Legislature Considers Renewing Recycling Laws & Programs


Oregon has long prided itself on a strong environmental ethic, being an early adopter of bottle-and-can deposits and recycling.

But the ground has shifted considerably since recycling started, with many changes to packaging materials and markets for recycling. A bill before the Oregon legislature, Senate Bill 582-1, aims to tighten up recycling, with a particular focus on keeping plastic packaging from ending up in landfills.

Sanne Stienstra is a material recovery specialist at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). She describes the work that led up to the legislation, and what the bill, if passed, would specifically change.

Note: there is a hearing scheduled on this bill, on February 23rd.

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