DEQ and its partners are working together to update and modernize Oregon’s recycling system, which was heavily disrupted in 2017 and 2018 after international markets began restricting their acceptance of many materials. Learn more about the recycling system disruptions here.

Disposal concurrences

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 is now considering requests to dispose of recyclable material on a case-by-case basis. 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 contact your regional DEQ representative to request a concurrence on alternative material management options. 
For Metro-area material recovery facilities, please request approval from Metro.

Meetings and outreach

DEQ facilitated a regular recycling markets stakeholder meeting to check in with local programs on recycling markets, education efforts, and more. These meetings are currently on hiatus. See below for past presentation materials.


Learn more about DEQ’s efforts to modernize Oregon’s recycling system over the long-term.


If you are experiencing an urgent situation requiring immediate disposal of material, please call your regional technical assistance contact.

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