FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT
TO CLEAN MATERIALS
From Waste Management to Clean Materials proposes a set of 5 key cross-cutting policy elements to get the region on the right trajectory 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 that 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 (LCAs) 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 that includes California and British Columbia.
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 a comprehensive state Clean Materials industry-jobs strategies.