Tax credits for recycling! It is a way to stimulate and enhance the recycling habits of Oregonians without costly mandates. HB 2375 offers tax credit incentives for employers, with at least 10 non-related employees, to set up programs for use by employees during the course of the year. Certification with the DEQ is required and the Environmental Quality Commission is to adopt rules regarding minimum criteria. The materials collected must be recyclable but ineligible for curbside recycling programs.
This bill came about because Rep Dallum wanted business incentives for recycling.
Investing in recycling programs will be beneficial in the long run, for employers and for the rest of the state. The cost of recycling in Eastern Oregon has long been prohibitive, due to transportation issues. An incentive will help offset some of these costs while it encourages recycling of a variety of materials.