Oregon enacts US’s second packaging EPR law

by Megan Quinn, Cole Rosengren June 30, 2021 • Updated Aug. 9 2021, Waste Dive

Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 582 into law on Friday, making Oregon the second state to pass an extended producer responsibility (EPR) law for packaging. Maine’s governor signed the first EPR law in July. 

Under the law, most producers will need to become a member of a producer responsibility organization (PRO). The PRO will need to submit an EPR plan to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by March 31, 2024, and begin implementing the plan by July 1, 2025. Local governments will be able to use producer funding for improvements such as recycling facility upgrades, increased collection services, certain transportation needs and contamination reduction programs, according to the bill.

Dive Brief:

  • June 30: An Oregon bill (SB 582) that establishes extended producer responsibility for packaging and calls for other major updates to the state’s recycling system is headed to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk. If signed, the bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022 and a producer responsibility organization would need to start implementing an approved plan by July 1, 2025.
  • In addition to creating an EPR program, the bill would establish new operating and performance requirements for MRFs and call for creating a “statewide collection list” meant to standardize the types of material accepted. Additionally, the bill includes details around organics processing, recycling collection access, litter cleanup and more.
  • It also repeals a requirement for certain plastics to include the chasing arrow symbol and establishes a “Truth in Labeling” task force meant to “study and evaluate misleading or confusing claims” about whether certain products are recyclable. The task force must complete a report of its findings for the state legislature by June 1, 2022. More

 

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