Recycling rate decreases for first time in 10 years


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reveals Oregonians are recycling less.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reveals Oregonians are recycling less.

The amount hit the lowest point in a decade, according to the annual Material Recovery and Waste Generation Report.

Here are the stats:

  • Oregonians recovered 2,305,661 tons, or 47.32 percent, of “municipal post-consumer waste generated” in 2014. That’s a drop from 2013’s 49.53 percent recovery rate.
  • Counting “recovery credits for home composting programs and for reuse programs,” the recovery rate, was 51 percent in 2014, or 1 percent above Oregon’s goal.
  • The overall decrease likely stems from a drop in the recovery of such items as wood waste, food waste and animal waste.
  • On the other hand, the recovery of electronics, yard debris, asphalt roofing, cardboard, paint and plastics increased. However, the recovery of paper fibers and metals recovery decreased.

(READ MORE: Portland Business Journal)

I expect the champions of “old Portland” will find a familiar villain for this development: those dastardly Californians moving north.

The DEQ posted the report here.


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