Buy Recycled Products
Want to know more about buying post-consumer recycled (PCR) content products for your business operations? Check out the Northeast Recycling Council webinar on why buying PCR is important in meeting sustainability goals. The webinar offers information on product pricing, variety, quality and availability and more:

Latte & Learn Series Starts 2/18!
Join us for our new virtual Latte & Learn series!
Each event will feature an industry professional that will share tips and resources with our business community.

Upcoming events:
What to Recycle and Where
Need a quick answer to a recycling question? Check out our What to Recycle and Where search tool for those on-the-fly recycling questions. You’ll not only learn what is recyclable but also get options for where to take stuff. We have it in app form too; get it in Google Play or the App Store.
2021 Oregon Legislative Session

There’s a lot happening this upcoming legislative session around waste reduction, repair and recycling. Check out the links below to the current status of house and senate bills. This is a busy year for the state of Oregon!

The most comprehensive place to hear about many of these bills is from the Association of Oregon Recyclers Legislative Preview Webinar Forum from January 19, 2021.

Modernizing Oregon’s recycling system 

Single-use & Toxics Foodware Policy

Permits use of non-wood renewable fiber in recycled paper checkout bags

Ban Polystyrene Foam Foodware
Directs DEQ to study methods for disposal of sharps waste
Right to repair consumer electronic equipment

Truth in Recycling Labels
Establishes product stewardship program for HHW

Stewardship for Plastic Packaging and Food Serviceware
Directs office of Governor, in consultation with Racial Justice Council’s Environmental Equity Committee, to study law related to environment and provide results to interim committees no later than Sept 15 2022

Establishes product stewardship for mattresses
Events & updates

  • Food scraps delay! Effective Feb. 1, 2021, after careful consideration of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the business community, Metro has delayed implementation of the Business Food Waste Requirement by an additional year, to March 30, 2022. The policy requires a business to implement a food scraps collection program for certain food service businesses throughout the region. Please contact us if you would like more info about setting up a food scraps collection program at your business ahead of this mandate.

  • Get free guidance from the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association through the Oregon Restaurant Covid Assistance (ORCA) program. ORCA's advising services and webinars are provided via Zoom and email throughout Oregon
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