Oregon News

House Interim Committee On Energy and Environment holds informational hearing on recycling markets

29 May 2018

The Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment held an informational hearing on the recycling markets issue earlier this week.

The speakers included Abbey Boudouris and Brian Fuller from DEQ, Kristin Mitchell from ORRA, and Michael Wisth from the city of Eugene.

They did a great job providing an overview of the situation and discussing how local areas are responding.

Recycling Markets Snapshot - May 2018

15 May 2018

Although China announced they are suspending the inspection process for US material headed to China, from May 4 through June 4, 2018, it did not have a large impact on the commodities we ship.  Mainly, because we export very little material into China anymore.  The continued trade restrictions and bans on the commodities we produce have all but shut the door for us to send recovered materials to them. 

No Longer Recyclable in Lane County

11 Apr 2018

recycling binsCommunities across Oregon  - and around the country - are struggling with contaminated recyclables, which has contributed to a sharp drop in interest in U.S. recycled materials from China, the major market for them. 

Contamination happens when we put things into recycling bins that can't be recycled and/or are dirty (i.e., trash, items with food residue).

We're Recycling Wrong

9 Apr 2018

recycling binsChina, which had been receiving more than half of the world's recycling, is no longer accepting most plastics and recycled paper with a contamination level above 0.5 percent as part of its "National Sword" policy. ​

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