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Senator Jeff Merkley reintroduces two bills

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, being introduced tomorrow, will be followed by a local community clean-up event happening Sunday, March 28 at 12 p.m.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 5:55 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2021 6:15 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Safe Banking Act is a bipartisan bill Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is reintroducing with Senator Steve Daines.

If passed into law, it would ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to banking services, which has become increasingly urgent with the up tick in robberies at cash-only dispensaries.

In addition to the Safe Banking Act, Sen. Merkley and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) will Reintroduce the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act tomorrow.

If passed into law, it would:

  • Require producers of packaging, containers, and food-service products to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs.
  • Launch a nationwide beverage container refund program to bolster recycling rates.
  • Ban certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable.
  • Ban single-use plastic carryout bags and place a fee on the distribution of the remaining carryout bags, which has proven successful at the state level.
  • Establish minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging, and food-service products.
  • Channel massive investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure.
  • Prohibit plastic waste from being shipped to developing countries.
  • Protect state and local governments that enact more stringent standards.
  • Require EPA to partner with the National Academies of Science to conduct a comprehensive study on the environment and cumulative public health impacts of incinerators and plastic chemical recycling facilities.
  • Establish a temporary pause on permitting new and expanded plastic production facilities while the EPA creates and, as necessary, updates regulations on plastic production facilities to protect front line and fence line communities from direct and cumulative impacts on public health.

Following this proposed bill comes a community clean-up event in Medford, hosted by Cassie Strickland.

On Sunday, March 28, people wanting to participate will meet at 12 p.m. in the Western States Environmental Parking lot at 877 Beatty St. Medford, OR 97501. Strickland says, Pointe Pest Control and Western States Environment are allowing volunteers to use its dumpsters.

Flags will be put by hazardous materials not safe for volunteers to pick up and Strickland says when the event is over, she will contact Medford Police Department to properly dispose of those materials.

To join the event visit Strickland's Facebook page.

When Sen. Merkley spoke to Newswatch 12, he couldn't go without addressing the recent killings across the country, including the King Soopers shooting that took place in Boulder, Colorado, saying he is saddened by the lives that were lost and added the weapon that was used to kill 10 people, is not even permitted for hunting.

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