Senate Bill 582, the 2021 Recycling Modernization Act, has passed both chambers and now moves to the governor’s desk for her signature.  

The bill, created as a work product of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  Recycling Steering Committee, conducts a comprehensive overhaul of Oregon’s recycling system. Broadly, SB 582 provides significant benefit and expanded recycling opportunities to rural and remote communities, protects ratepayers, maintains existing roles of local governments and their franchised or licensed haulers, and helps Oregonians reduce waste and protect the environment.  

Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer, who also serves as chair of the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste and