Over the course of 2020, Surfrider worked in collaboration with Environment Oregon to form a strategic network of national, state and local professionals to develop strong plastic pollution policies with forward-thinking lawmakers for the 2021 legislative session. We are excited to unveil the key policies we’re working and advocating around to curb plastic pollution in Oregon:
Rep. Sollman HB 2592 & Recycling Steering Committee HB 2065
Making producers responsible for waste is an important step toward a circular economy, reducing waste and preventing litter. Rep. Sollman’s proposed bill takes the most comprehensive strategy to incentivize producers to reduce packaging and build products that are less hazardous, built to last, and are easy to recycle or reuse by requiring that producers are responsible for all waste costs associated with their products – including waste collection, transportation and management and litter clean-up costs. Oregon’s multi-year process for the Recycling Steering Committee has arrived at a more shared responsibility policy and proposed bill that is far more limited in holding producers responsible for transportation costs associated with waste management, a primary factor in economy and environmental impacts of plastic pollution and waste management.
Rep. Dexter HB 2365
We need to shift away from single-use products and towards reusable rather than other types of single-use products. A proposed bill would require reusable foodware for ost dine-in meals and eliminate harmful PFAS toxics in foodware and utensils.
Ban on Expanded Polystyrene (Foam) Takeout Foodware)
Rep Schouten HB 2617
One of the most egregious single-use plastics is expanded polystyrene (EPS), more commonly known as Styrofoam. A proposed bill would ban EPS takeout containers and cups across the state 0- a strong stepping stone for comprehensive foodware policy (above).
Rep. Dexter HB 2811
So-called “chemical recycling” is a false solution to our plastic problem which exacerbates the climate crisis, endangers frontline communities and distracts from real solutions like reducing plastic production and transitioning to zero waste. A proposed bill would prevent the expansion of these facilities in Oregon.