For Immediate Release
Corrugated Pallet Bill Defeated in Oregon State Legislature
February 10, 2016: The Oregon wood community joined together and successfully used the powerful message of wood’s strong environmental credentials to defeat an initiative proposed by an out-of-state corrugated pallet manufacturer. The bill would have mandated that state agencies give a purchasing preference for corrugated pallets over wood pallets.
When it became obvious the bill would not pass, the bill’s proponent sought to bypass the legislature with an executive order from the Governor’s office. The last minute maneuver has one state agency, the Oregon Department of Corrections, committing to explore the potential of a pilot project that would seek to have, by 2021, up to 10% of in-bound freight received on cardboard pallets.
Patrick Atagi, NWPCA's VP of Advocacy & External Affairs, traveled to Oregon and worked with two firms NWPCA hired to help lead the coalition and support the grassroots campaign. We continue to talk with the Governor’s office regarding the life safety risks, material handling challenges, and environmental impacts of any potential pilot project.
Thank you to our members who contacted their Representatives, the WPA for their outreach to Oregon companies, and all the organizations that banded together to successfully repel this assault against wooden pallets.
Patrick Atagi, NWPCA Vice President of Advocacy & External Affairs
Read Issue Brief, Comparing Wooden Pallets and Cardboard Pallets