Beginning in July 2022, all tenants of multi-tenant residential and commercial properties within cities and urban growth boundaries over 4,000 people and within the Metro Service District will have new opportunities to recycle under Oregon law.
In 1983, with the passage of the Opportunity to Recycle Act, residents and businesses with garbage collection service were also given the opportunity to recycle. For the last 34 years, this opportunity has not been fully extended to tenants of multi-tenant properties, including residential and commercial properties. That decision to subscribe to recycling collection service has been made by the property owner or manager.
In some cases, cities extend multifamily recycling to tenants as part of the optional state recycling program elements. Some cities also have various materials collection programs for businesses including recycling and wasted food.
Resource documents and related links
Multi-tenant recycling stakeholder resources
Starting in January through July 2018, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be working with stakeholders who are part of the system that would provide recycling to tenants. The workgroup will determine what is necessary to extend recycling opportunities to tenants. Stakeholders could include those who represent tenants, property owners, garbage and recycling collection companies, local and regional governments, and more. The recommendations from this workgroup will be shared in early fall 2018 for all stakeholders to review and provide feedback.
DEQ conducted state-wide research in 2017 to understand how many multifamily and multi-commercial properties have recycling, what successful programs look like, and what the opportunities are to improve the system. Staff asked for feedback from various stakeholders on what works and doesn’t work when providing recycling with shared recycling service. Results will be posted here as they are available.
Upcoming stakeholder workgroup meetings
Locations to be determined