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Materials Management Workgroup

In fall 2013, DEQ convened a workgroup to engage stakeholders, solicit input and gain support for key actions needed to fully implement Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.
What did they talk about?
The Materials Management Workgroup identified a number of potential changes that would help Oregon move toward the 2050 Vision. Ultimately, the workgroup developed solutions that engendered broad stakeholder, agency and legislative support.
The workgroup featured three subgroups focusing on:
·         Goals and Measures
·         Sustainable Funding 
·         Recycling Opportunity
Who was involved?
DEQ limited membership in the workgroup to maintain a manageable size and discussion. The three supporting subgroups had open membership. More that 90 individuals and organizations participated in the workgroup and subgroups, which met in total 22 times. 
Workgroup results
Ideas developed and discussed in workgroup meetings became several legislative concepts. DEQ ultimately introduced these concepts during the 2015 Legislative session as two bills: SB 245 and SB 263. The Legislature amended and passed both bills.
What do SB 245 and SB 263 do?
How can I learn more?
Refer to agendas posted on our workgroup meeting page for additional details.
Read papers on sustainable material production, consumption, and end-of-life.