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Story by Karen Richards / KLCC - Story Source
Published on Monday April 5, 2021 - 2:35 AM

A new report from the Ocean Conservancy said nearly 100 percent of volunteers found PPE at coastal cleanup sites, including in Oregon, with face masks the most common item.

Nick Mallos, a senior director at the organization, said the waste of all plastic disposables is up, and now is a critical time for legislation. Two proposed bills in Oregon would have phased out single-use plastic and polystyrene foam for food use statewide.

"So these two bills did not make it out of committee," Mallos told KLCC, "but we are optimistic that in the next legislature, once hopefully COVID has subsided a little bit, that we can resurface these types of policies."