Many environmental challenges facing Oregon and the world, such as pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, are related to how materials are produced, used, and managed. To address these challenges, DEQ’s Materials Management program has developed a long-term vision for Oregon.
In this long term vision:
- Producers make products sustainably, so every option is a sustainable option.
- People live well and consume sustainably.
- Materials have the most useful life possible before and after discard.
What is Materials Management?Materials management takes a holistic view of environmental impacts across the full life cycle of materials, as well as actions that can be taken to reduce those impacts. It includes resource extraction and the use of recovered materials, the design and production of materials, their use, and management at end-of-life, including solid waste disposal and recovery.