Recycling

​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.
 
For Metro-area material recovery facilities, please request approval from Metro.

Meetings and outreach

Current recycling markets stakeholder coordination

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

Upcoming 2019 meetings

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to noon

Agenda


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

Webinar: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Use meeting number and access code below:
Call-in number: 877-336-1828
Access code: 7760985​ 

Materials from previous meetings

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.

Resources for collectors and processors

Contacts

If you are experiencing an urgent situation requiring immediate disposal of material, please call your regional technical assistance contact.
 
503-378-5089
Serving: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties
 
Cathy Brown
541-687-7325
Serving: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lane counties
 
Jay Mustard
541-633-2029
Serving: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler counties
  
503-229-5790
Serving: Clackamas, Clatsop and Multnomah counties
 
503-229-5478
Serving Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties