OREGON RECYCLING SYSTEM ADVISORY COUNCIL
Ground Score is represented on Oregon’s Recycling System Advisory Council to inform the development of the State of Oregon’s new Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging law (The Recycling Modernization Act).
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
As of 2023, Ground Score is an affiliate of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers—we sit on the International Alliance of Waste Pickers’ delegation to the United Nations Plastics Treaty to help in the development of an inclusive legally binding treaty to regulate plastic pollution. Learn more about this work.
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Our advocacy is rooted in lived experience and workers' education so that our recommendations are crafted by the people who will be most impacted. To support our advocacy work, donate here.
Ground Score helped inform a change in Portland City Code, 17.102 that legalized canning (the informal collection of cans and bottles) at the household level in Multnomah County. Listen to GSA's Kris Brown and Taylor Cass Talbott on how canning reduces waste and changes lives in ISLR's Local Power podcast.
BOTTLE BILL ADVOCACY
Ground Score advocates for Bottle Bills (Deposit Return Systems on beverage containers) that enable canners to operate their own depots and conveniently access places to deposit cans and bottles. We train our People’s Depot workers on bottle bills so they can understand and help inform the recycling policy that drives their work. See our case study on Oregon’s Bottle Bill.
Many Ground Score workers come from lived experience with houselessness and sincerely advocate for housing first and the rights of Oregon's unsheltered community.