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Materials Management Program

Oregonians in 2050 produce and use materials responsibly:
conserving resources · protecting the environment · living well 
Many of the environmental challenges facing Oregon–and the world–are related to how materials are produced, used, and managed. To address these new challenges, DEQ’s Materials Management program is working toward a long-term vision for Oregon.
In this future:
  • 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 comprehensive and 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.

How can I learn more?

Download Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

Find out what DEQ is doing to help Oregon manage materials responsibly.
See a slide show about materials management.
Read papers on sustainable material production, consumption and end-of-life.