DEQ Rulemaking – Recycling Updates 2024 – DEQ is asking for Public Comment on the Proposed Rule Amendments

29 May 2024


DEQ is undertaking the second of two rulemakings to clarify and implement the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021. The Act requires producers of packaging, paper products and food service ware to support and expand recycling services in Oregon for their products. In this second rulemaking, DEQ is proposing rules on multiple topics, including permitting standards and fees related to commingled recycling processing facilities; living wages and supportive benefits for commingled recycling processing facility workers; generator-facing contamination; covered product exemptions; standards for environmental impact evaluation and disclosure; and a waste prevention and reuse fee.

Public Comment

DEQ is asking for public comment on the proposed rule amendments. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking. More information on this rulemaking, including the draft rules and public notice document can be found on the Recycling 2024 rulemaking page.

How to comment: DEQ will accept comments by email, postal mail or verbally at the public hearing. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking.

  • Email: Send comments by email to:
  • Postal mail: Oregon DEQ, Attn: Roxann Nayar/Materials Management, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97232-4100
  • At public hearings: 11 a.m. or 5 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2024 (see below)

DEQ will only consider comments on the proposed rules that DEQ receives by 4 p.m., on July 5, 2024.

Rulemaking Hearing: DEQ will hold two public hearings, with details below:

Hearing 1:
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Start time: 11 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time

Please Register via Zoom prior to the meeting.

Hearing 2
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Start time: 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time

Please Register via Zoom prior to the meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.

Note for public university students:

ORS 192.345(29) allows Oregon public university and OHSU students to protect their university email addresses from disclosure under Oregon’s public records law. If you are an Oregon public university or OHSU student, notify DEQ that you wish to keep your email address confidential.

Additional Information

To view the notice and rulemaking documents and learn more about this rulemaking and how to submit comments, please see the rulemaking web page at: Recycling 2024 rulemaking page.

If you did not receive this notice at your preferred email address and want to receive future email notices about this rulemaking, you may sign up at: GovDelivery.

You can also obtain more information about this rulemaking by contacting:

Roxann Nayar
Phone: 503-348-8904