Update on Oregon legislation regarding single use plastic.
- Plastic bag ban is on it’s way to the governor’s desk for signing
- Ban on polystyrene food container is dead for this year
- Also on it’s way to the governor is the bill requiring customers to ask for a plastic straw
Something from “Numlock” newsletter received today, June 6th.
The cosmetics industry is responsible for lots of trash and carbon emissions, but a study found that 70 percent of the carbon emissions that can be attributed to the cosmetics business could be eliminated should they switch to refillable containers. Every year, 120 billion units of cosmetics packaging are produced, almost all of it one-time use and much of it too small for recycling. This opportunity is prompting some trials from some serious players in the beauty biz: Procter & Gamble’s Olay skincare brand is introducing a pilot program, and it’s not just for a niche product either: P&G is testing refillable Olay Regenerist Whip, which became the best-selling new skincare product of 2018 after moving 1.26 million units.
Not very quickly… but it is a start…
Cities and countries around the world are banning plastic bags. 13 cities in Oregon have done so. For the complete list and access to their ordinances, google “Which cities in Oregon have banned plastic bags.” It will give you the exact page at expooregonlive.com
Read more…Let’s ban plastic bags
The Democrats’ March 28th Luncheon highlighted the concerns many in the community have about recycling. Many attending saw this as a bi-partisan issue that should start with everyone vowing to cut their individual use of plastics and waste, investigate recycling technology, a lobby for changes on local, state and federal levels.
About 28 people attended the Luncheon, and all shared their concerns about plastic in our oceans, plastic in our landfills, and plastic littering the countryside. Most of those present said they already take their own shopping bags to stores and are in favor of a statewide ban on plastic bags. Each person attending said they will call five friends and ask each to call stores in the area and let them know we’re in favor of getting rid of the filmy plastic bags that often end up hanging from trees and floating in our waterways as not only an eyesore but an endangerment to wildlife.
The group also vowed to lobby representatives about recycling, and investigate what is being done to deal with the trash we are no longer sending to China for repurposing. Vice Chair Dorothy Yetter said Democrats will be adding recycling information and updates on our website.
John Rickert said he is looking into machines in the UK and the US that convert plastics into fuel or chemicals needed by industry. There are still concerns about pollution that might be generated by the conversion process, and John said at this point he doesn’t have all the answers, but if it turns out we can make something useful out of trash without much consequence, this may be a project worth pursuing and eventually funding. John’s research on plastics use in Southern Oregon shows it would be feasible to operate a plastics recycling plant here.
In 2014 California became the first state to ban plastic bags. New York is considering a ban, and many cities across the US and in Hawaii have banned the bags or put charges on them. In Oregon, nearly 40 percent of the state’s population already lives in areas where plastic bags are banned, according the Statesman Journal. Some are also going further, banning plastic straws and other single-use items that harm wildlife
Recycling - Monthly Lunch
We gather for lunch every month at Climate City Brewing. Date is the fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. We share what has been “on our minds” as Democrats for the last month. Participants discuss developments in re-use and recycling plus products and methods that they have used.
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