Materials Management

Disposal concurrances and other resources

Given the unprecedented market conditions due to the loss of the China markets, recycling processors are now struggling to find markets to accept mixed paper and plastics. Some communities, especially those in rural parts of the state, have been disproportionally affected due the added financial burden of transporting materials to processors in other parts of the state. In such circumstances, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, working closely with representatives from the recycling industry and local governments, has developed a short-term concurrence process to help alleviate the backup of material throughout the collection and processing system. This process seeks collaboration and input from local governments to ensure all other options are exhausted prior to disposal. When it costs more to recycle a material or group of materials than it does to landfill them, disposal of recyclable material can happen under Oregon law.
 

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 unable to find a processor or end market for your recyclable material or costs to collect, process, and transport are exceedingly high, please request DEQ concurrence on alternative material management options.
 

Long-term planning

DEQ is working closely with stakeholders to define a process to revamp and strengthen Oregon’s recycling system. This will include forming a DEQ-led steering committee to identify gaps and opportunities to improve the system. A draft long-term planning process and scope  have been identified as part of the process.
Upcoming 2018 meetings - every first Thursday
  • June 7: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • July 5: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Aug. 2: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Webinar: www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/ATTClogin
Use meeting number and access code below:
Call-in number: 877-336-1828
Access code: 7760985​ 

Previous meetings

May 10, 2018
April 27, 2018 - Communications Workgroup
April 26, 2018​
April 12, 2018
March 29, 2018
March 15, 2018 
Feb. 15, 2018

Upcoming 2018 meetings

Thursday, May 10: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 1: time to be determined

 
 

Resources for collectors and processors

 
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​Contacts

If you are experiencing an urgent situation requiring immediate disposal of material, please call your regional technical assistance contact.
 
Northwest Region
Daniel Hough, 503-229-5478
 
Western Region (Eugene)
Craig Filip, 541-686-7868
 
Western Region (Salem)
Cathie Rhoades, 503-378-5089
 
Eastern Region
Jamie Jones, 541-298-7255 ext. 225