HB 4126 Household Hazardous Waste Program

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee

Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Measures/Overview/HB4126
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Committees/HEE/Overview

Personal Choice and Responsibility
There is nothing about this bill that is “household.” All definitions are based on US definitions of hazardous. “Household hazardous waste stewardship program” means a statewide program for the collection and environmentally sound management of covered products that is operated by a stewardship organization pursuant to a plan approved by the Department of Environmental Quality under section 6 of this 2018 Act.

Fiscal Responsibility
Here we have more fund commitment for next biennium. There are already hazardous waste sites, the program does nothing but add a middle man and does a sells job on the public, which doesn’t justify a whole new business venture of stewardship entities funded by manufacturers that pass their cost to consumers. Furthermore, the state gives the stewardship a quota in a cap-and-trade type system where they get credits for exceeding their quota.

Limited Government
Unnecessarily grows government with a new program. This bill is all about exceptions to narrow down to the bad actors that don’t have the government’s blessing.

Free Markets
A manufacturer or retailer may not sell or offer for sale any covered product to any person in this state unless the covered product is labeled with a brand; and the brand is included in a plan for a household hazardous waste stewardship program.


  1. Bob says:

    They use the Paint Stewardship as an example, the cost of Paint increased! Expect the same for Hazardous waste!

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