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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Greenstate Podcast


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Podcast, 22 minutes, 41 seconds
  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon



Recycling Transformation

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  • This podcast tells listeners about the benefits of the Recycling Modernization Act, signed into Oregon law in 2021.
  • Students will learn why this act was necessary and the benefits and limitations of the act.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can download a flyer from the website that lays out the act very clearly.
  • Many credible speakers can be heard throughout the podcast, allowing students to hear many important viewpoints on the topic.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the difference between an act and a bill, and it may be beneficial for students to understand how a bill becomes law.
  • Students may need the terms extraction and iterative defined prior to listening.
  • The podcast references the "Bottle Bill" a few times. Prior to listening, students may want to research or have some background knowledge about this bill.


  • Students in social studies classes can discuss the aspects of equity and accessibility and the role that they play in recycling and other climate solutions.
  • Economics classes can do a recycling cost/benefit analysis on the different materials that get recycled and discuss how producers are being incentivized to play a role in this act.
  • Civics classes can map out the process through which this bill became an act.
  • Language arts classes can write a persuasive letter to their own state politicians asking them to look to Oregon to improve their own state's recycling system.
Scientist Notes
This podcast episode goes over the (at the time) proposed Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act and all the ways it would be beneficial. Please note that this bill became law in 2022. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.11.9-12 Evaluate multiple procedures for making governmental decisions at the local, state, national, and international levels in terms of the civic purposes achieved.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
      • D2.Eco.7.9-12 Use benefits and costs to evaluate the effectiveness of government policies to improve market outcomes.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
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