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Oregon Bill to Revamp their E-Cycles Program Advances in Legislature

In an April 2023 article in Resource Recycling, Oregon’s Ecycles amendment would make some critical changes to the current electronics recycling program, including expanding the list of covered electronic devices, setting new standards for locations of collection sites, and establishing new requirements for PROs to sign contracts with permitted waste facilities.

Washington Passes Battery EPR Legislation

Washington’s bill contains all the elements of a successful EPR program and will serve as a foundation for other states to consider EPR for batteries.

British Columbia EPR program accepting more materials

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, RecycleBC accepts more packaging and paper products in its producer responsibility program, including foam products, flexible plastic products, single use plastic straws, plates, and utensils.

Washington WRAP Act, including EPR and Bottle Bill, won't move forward in 2023

Though the Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act passed out of House committees in February 2023, it did not receive a House floor vote. The bill would have created an extended producer responsibility (EPR) system and bottle bill, but did not manage to get sufficient support.

EPR 'crucial' to hitting resource recovery goal, GFL exec says

During a March 2023 webinar hosted by the Product Stewardship Institute, waste leaders from across the U.S. and Europe discussed the growth of extended producer responsibility for packaging in the U.S.

The future of EPR in the EU

In February 2023, Ecoveritas spoke with Dr. Thomas Lindhquist about the future of EPR in the EU. Dr.

Social-economic benefits of deposit return

A January 2023 fact sheet from Reloop described and compared the social-economic benefits of deposit return systems (DRS) for charities and other nonprofit organizations, in seven countries in Europe, and Canada, Australia, and the state of Oregon.

Principles for reuse/refill in EPR and DRS

Upstream created six principles for prioritizing reuse and refill within EPR and Deposit Return Systems (DRS). The principles emphasize the need for flexibility to meet individual states' needs and are listed below, with more in-depth information on Upstream's website.

California considers textile EPR

In March 2023, the California state senate is considering SB 707, the Responsible Textile Recovery Act of 2023, which would require textile producers to create a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of covered products, including any apparel, textile, or textile article, and set up free collection sites in every county in California where consumers can drop off unwanted items.

NWPSC Associate Member Pledge updated

Associate members of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council are local, state, regional, and federal government agencies, or non-profit organizations that support the NWPSC mission and product stewardship principles. The Pledge signals your support for NWPSC's mission and that you want to be in the inner circle of information regarding NWPSC's work.