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

Standing recycling markets stakeholder meeting

DEQ facilitates bi-monthly recycling markets stakeholder meetings to check in with local programs on recycling markets, education efforts, and get updates from DEQ on the status of any concurrence requests. The recycling markets stakeholder meetings are focused on current conditions and immediate opportunities. See below for meeting dates and locations.

Upcoming 2020 meetings

Jan. 8, 2020 - 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at DEQ Headquarters (700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 600) 

Call (web meeting number): 877-336-1828
Access code: 7760985

Materials from previous meetings

Recycling markets communication

DEQ is also coordinating a semi-regular meeting for communications staff to discuss efforts and share resources to educate the public about recycling and reducing contamination. Contact Julie Miller  for more information.


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.
Serving: Baker, Benton, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Yamhill counties
Cathy Brown
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