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Lawmakers Set To Vote On Bill To Overhaul Oregon’s Recycling System

Chris Lehman

Oregon’s recycling programs would see some changes under a bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the state Senate.


Senate Bill 582 would standardize recycling across the state by creating a master list of items that would be accepted in curbside recycling. The idea is to reduce the amount of recyclable items that end up in the trash, and the amount of non-recyclable items that end up in the blue bins. Mis-directed items can increase  the cost of recycling programs.


Sanne Stienstra of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said it’s not always clear what can be recycled under the current system.

"A single statewide collection list will help reduce that confusion," she said. "It will make it very clear what does and does not go in the bin, whether you’re at work or at home.”

The bill would also expand recycling to more rural areas and apartment complexes. Some of the changes will be paid for in part by companies that produce consumer products.


Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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