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Manufacturers Must Pay for Recycling of their Packaging

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is beginning its rulemaking process under the Recycling Modernization Act. Industry sectors are now responsible for seeing that their product packaging in Oregon is recycled. They must set up membership associations called Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO) and pay fees to promote and support recycling programs. Our Government Affairs Director Craig Smith is on the PRO Rulemaking Advisory Committee, which will hold its first meeting on July 20. Food Northwest’s Sustainability Committee will be working this issue on behalf of the members as well. For more information see Recycle.


Welcome New Board Members 2022

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Welcome New OTA Committee Vice-Chair Jennifer Weekes

Jennifer Weekes


Welcome New Board Chair Elect Alan Prouty

Alan Prouty


ODA Director Nominated to USDA Post

Alexis Taylor, Director of Oregon Department of Agriculture has been nominated by President Biden to the position of USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Taylor has served as ODA’s director since 2016. Prior to her position at ODA, she oversaw USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Taylor grew up on her family farm in Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to Iraq. For more information.

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