Materials Management

Reuse and repair of products is often difficult and discouraged. Reduced durability, reduced product quality and planned obsolescence drive increases in consumption. Lack of infrastructure further discourages repair and reuse. Though some reuse and repair businesses and nonprofit organizations exist, reuse and repair is less common than it once was. Can repair and reuse become more commonplace? Can Oregonians extend the lifespan of products and other materials? What would it take to make this happen?

2020 grant opportunity

DEQ is launching a new workforce development grant to support reuse and repair activities. Small businesses and nonprofits working in salvage, resale, repair, refurbishment or remanufacturing are encouraged to apply.                          

Apply for up to $10,000 for workforce development

Materials Management Reuse and Repair Grants support the workforce development needs of small reuse and repair businesses. While many of these businesses have strong demand for their services, they often lack the time or resources to train new staff to help meet customer demand. These grants allow businesses to apply for up to $10,000 in funding per application to cover the costs of training and capital equipment. The total amount of funding available is up to $80,000. DEQ launched this program in 2017 as a pilot project, and due to its success, officially re-launched this grant program 2020.

Why are these grants important?

Supporting businesses and non-profits that repair, refurbish or resell common consumer goods like clothing, electronics, and furniture has multiple advantages:
  • Providing accessible and affordable choices for consumers 
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of new product manufacturing
  • Contributing to local workforce development, employment and economic activity

Important 2020 grant deadlines
  • Monday, March 30 - Application and instructions posted online
  • Tuesday, April 7 - Application FAQ webinar, general public
  • Tuesday, April 14 - Application FAQ webinar, Oregon Tribes.
  • Friday, May 8 - Application deadline

Grant agreement: For use by DEQ and grant recipients


Read more about DEQ's reuse and repair efforts 

Strategic Plan: Describes the strategies, actions and priority materials for reuse, repair and product lifespan extension for 2016 - 2021.


For more information about this work, contact Marie-Helene Diodati, 503-229-5446.