China intends to prohibit the import of certain mixed paper and plastic grades beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Additionally, China has announced a new and exceedingly stringent recyclable contamination standard of 0.3 percent. China is the main market for Oregon’s recyclable mixed paper and plastic. This has created a condition where the primary market for the bulk of Oregon’s recyclable materials is severely constrained and in jeopardy of disappearing.
In an effort to meet the tightened contamination standards, recycling processing facilities have slowed their sorting lines. This has resulted in a lower throughput of materials. The flow of materials from Oregonians sent for recycling has not slowed to match this constraint. Without an outlet for the collected materials, sorting and storage capacity have become constrained. In some cases, processing and storage capacity have been exceeded. In other cases recycling costs have exceeded disposal costs.
DEQ, working closely with representatives from the recycling industry and local governments, has initiated a short-term stopgap solution to help alleviate the backup of material throughout the collection and processing system.
If you are experiencing an urgent situation requiring immediate disposal of material, please call your regional technical assistance contact.
Daniel Hough, 503-229-5478
Western Region (Eugene)
Craig Filip, 541-686-7868
Western Region (Salem)
Cathie Rhoades, 503-378-5089
Jamie Jones, 541-298-7255 ext. 225
Recycling Stakeholder Workgroup Meetings
- Tuesday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (special meeting with a focus on material recovery facilities)
Resources for collectors and processors