DEQ convened a diverse group of stakeholders to inform the development of the 2050 Vision and contribute to the development of a framework for action to move forward.
Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework
- Alternative Criteria for Measuring Environmental Impacts of Materials ManagementThis paper examines some of the more important criteria and examines how changes in materials management might affect those criteria.
- Best Management Practices for Discarded Food ScrapsThis paper describes a food waste recovery hierarchy that identifies activities and practices intended to: 1) minimize the amount of food waste generated, and 2) beneficially use food discards.
- Environmental Costs and ExternalitiesThis white paper provides an introduction to the concept of environmental “externalities”, in the specific context of prices for materials and waste disposal.
- Literature Review: Alternatives for Advancing Sustainable Production and Consumption through Government Programs and PoliciesThis document summarizes the results of a broad but limited literature review specific to program and policy alternatives that support sustainable production and consumption.
- Literature Review: Key Challenges in Sustainable ConsumptionThis paper summarizes a literature review addressing the challenges specific to sustainable consumption.
- Materials Management and Greenhouse GasesA summary of how materials contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and opportunities to reduce emissions through materials management.
- More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the USThis EPA study demonstrates how an enhanced national recycling and composting strategy in the US can address climate change, create jobs, and improve health.
- Oregon's Solid Waste Hierarchy - Intent and UsesThis document describes the policy intent behind Oregon's solid waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, energy recovery and disposal) and DEQ's application of the guidance.
- Potential for Additional Material RecoveryThis paper examines current recovery rates for materials in Oregon, and evaluates several potential environmental impacts if recovery could be increased.
- Rare Earth ElementsThis paper looks at the environmental consequences of using rare earth minerals, their limited availability, and how reusing and recycling these elements can be part of a more sustainable worldwide system.
- Recommendations for Product Stewardship in OregonThis report recommends that Oregon pursue product stewardship as one strategy to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of products. It also recommends eight key elements for product stewardship programs and policy in Oregon.
- Residential Green BuildingThis report summarizes the results of DEQ’s Life Cycle Assessment of residential waste prevention building practices, outcomes of that research and next steps for DEQ, and some emerging issues.
- Sustainable Consumption and Waste PreventionThis paper provides some background on sustainable consumption and explores its relationship with waste prevention.
- Trends in Oregon Waste Generation 1993-2010This document describes wastes tracked by DEQ, overall disposal and recovery trends for Oregon and trends in generation, disposal and recovery for individual material groups.
- Waste PreventionThis paper examines the topic of waste prevention, the “reduce, reuse” part of the solid waste management hierarchy. It provides a summary of research findings on prevention, an overview of DEQ’s Waste Prevention Strategy.
- What are "Conversion Technologies?"This paper describes processes and technologies used to convert the energy stored in carbon-containing organic wastes to chemicals and products which can be used to create energy or make new products.
- What Are "Sustainable Materials" and "Sustainable Materials Management?"This paper briefly introduces six different responses, and summarizes some of the advantages and limitations of each.