CLEAN MATERIALS

Policy Goals

Five Key Clean Materials Policy Goals

The Clean Materials report proposes a set of 5 key
cross-cutting policy elements to achieve the Five Big Goals for 2040

Extended Producer Responsibility 2.0

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a breakthrough policy system that ensures producers of goods are responsible to fund and manage systems to recycle and dispose of their products when people are done with them. EPR 2.0 will require producers not simply to improve recycling, but to optimize across all four Clean Materials Diamond solutions to deliver continuous improvement in Clean Scores. ​

Standardize and Scale Clean Score Transparency

Life Cycle Assessments (LCA's) will track environmental impacts of materials in products from resource extraction through processing, production, and delivery. In a fully realized Clean Materials system, LCAs are standardized and required for all products and packaging sold in the Northwest, expressed in Clean Score labeling.

West Coast Clean Materials Alliance

WC-CMA will pool dollars from multiple agencies to pursue Clean Materials ‘market transformation’ opportunities to achieve greater lasting impact and benefits for funder dollars than individual agencies could achieve on their own. WC-CMA could launch as a partnership of Oregon and Washington, but it can achieve greater market impact by inviting an alliance with California and British Columbia.

Buy Clean

California’s first-of-its-kind ‘Buy Clean’ legislation sets minimum standards for key categories of building materials. Buy Clean legislation is under consideration in Oregon and Washington as well. The blueprint proposes expanding Buy Clean to many more state purchasing product categories; establishing Clean Score performance targets that improve steadily over time; and forming Buy Clean buyers’ clubs to aggregate purchasing power and incentivize local governments, companies, institutions, and residents to Buy Clean.

Clean Materials Industry-Jobs Action Strategy

The Pacific Northwest can become a global leader in the Clean Materials economy, and thrive economically by fostering dense clusters of innovative manufacturing and service businesses that grow investment, revenues, and tens of thousands of new jobs delivering Clean Materials solutions. The blueprint recommends Oregon and Washington launch robust 18-month statewide efforts to create comprehensive state Clean Materials industry-jobs strategies.