What materials will make the cut under EPR?

The four states with packaging EPR laws, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, and California, are grappling with the challenge of defining what is considered recyclable. There has been significant debate around this process due to the fluid recyclable market conditions, urban-rural differences, etc. Oregon is currently leading in this effort. They are creating two separate lists: one for local governments and one for the producer responsibility organization (PRO). The local government list will define materials that communities are required to collect for recycling, and the PRO list will define other materials that the PRO must manage separately that are not appropriate to be commingled, such as film plastics. Read more in June 2023 Resource Recycling.