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, relate to how we produce, use, and manage materials. To address these challenges, DEQ’s Materials Management program has a long-term vision for Oregon.
In this 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 use of recovered materials, the design and production of materials, their use, and end-of-life management, including solid waste disposal and recovery.
DEQ is developing a strategic plan to guide our future work for extending the lifespan of products through reuse, repair and improvements to product durability. DEQ will seek feedback on a short list of options during a June 21, 2016 meeting.
Agricultural Use Exclusion Stakeholder Meeting
Recently, questions have arisen over the
interpretation and use of the Agricultural Use Exclusion. DEQ is
convening diverse stakeholders to provide
a forum to develop a common understanding of this exclusion and to identify
issues needing further analysis, discussion and resolution.
Recycling 2016 Rulemaking Process
Recently adopted Senate Bill 263 makes fundamental changes to the Opportunity to Recycle Act (ORS 459A). DEQ is implementing SB 263 and the framework that is described in Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework by proposing administrative rule amendments. DEQ will present proposed rules to the Environmental Quality Commission in January 2017. View the rulemaking page for more information.
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.