Latest News

Rulemaking Advisory Committee meetings

Oregon DEQ is undertaking rulemaking to clarify and implement the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021. The Act requires producers of packaging, paper products, and food service ware to support and expand recycling services in Oregon for their products. This is the first of two anticipated rulemakings related to the Act.

Oregon Mattress EPR enacted

SB 1576establishing a product stewardship program for mattresses, was signed into law March 24 and became effective June 3, 2022. Oregon joins three other states with mattress EPR programs: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and California.

Oregon Bottle Bill expansion

SB 1520, which makes several revisions to Oregon's deposit return system, was signed into law on March 24, 2022. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, wine in cans will be subject to a 10-cent refund value.

Truth in Labeling report

The Truth in Labeling Task Force (part of the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act passed in 2021), submitted their report and recommendations regarding recyclability claims for products and

Modernizing Oregon E-Cycles

Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held two stakeholder workshops over the 2022 summer to identify and analyze options for modernizing Oregon's E-Cycles program through legislation to be introduced in 2023. Find future workshops and past presentations on Oregon E-Cycles.

Washington state House work session on recycling and EPR

The Washington House Environment & Energy committee held a Sept. 26, 2022 work session on efforts to improve product lifecycle management and increase recycling, with presentations from the Dept.

New California Battery EPR law

California AB 2440, the Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022, was signed into law Sept. 16, 2022. This law repeals and replaces the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 and the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004 on Jan. 1, 2027, and Jan. 1, 2028, respectively.

California E-waste law expansion

Governor Newsom signed SB 1215 into law on Sept. 16, 2022, which expands the state's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 to include battery-embedded products.

California Bottle Bill expansion

On Sept. 27, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 1013 into law. The law makes several revisions to California’s deposit return system and expands the scope of covered beverages and containers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, wine and distilled spirits in boxes, bladders, or pouches, or similar containers will be subject to a 25-cent refund value.

Single-use propane cylinder bill vetoed

In 2022, the California legislature passed SB 1256 banning the sale of disposable one-pound propane (camp stove) cylinders beginning in 2028 - however, Governor Newson vetoed the bill due to concerns with inhibiting "the success of building a circular system in California." In an August 2022