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Materials Management Program

Oregonians in 2050 Produce and Use Materials Responsibly
Conserving Resources · Protecting the Environment · Living Well 
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.

Learn more...


See a slide show about materials management.
Read papers on sustainable material production, consumption, and end-of-life solutions for products.
What happened to the Solid Waste program?
DEQ’s Materials Management program was called the Solid Waste program, because it traditionally focused more attention on managing products and materials at the end of their useful life, when they were considered “solid waste”. The program places more emphasis on the full life cycle of materials including – but not limited to – the management of solid wastes.