Welcome to AOR

AOR is a nonprofit 501(C)(6) trade association founded in 1977, committed to achieving a system of sustainable materials management by supporting high-quality recycling and composting, thoughtful consumption, and producer responsibility. AOR provides value to its members by hosting educational events, delivering publications to enhance our understanding and connections to diverse perspectives, and lobbying for legislation that supports sustainable materials management.

Our membership spans the gamut of the sustainable materials management industry. Nonprofits; waste haulers; recyclers; reuse organizations, state, federal, and local government; packaging producers, recycling equipment manufacturers, educational institutions and many others come together under the AOR umbrella to achieve these goals. 

Latest News From the AOR Blog


What is your name? Chris Cary

Where do you work and what do you do? I work for Food Northwest, trade association of food manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. I am Policy Director working on Sustainability,...


The 2024 AOR Board elections will open on Tuedsay, June 18th after the candidate introductions during lunch at the Sustainable Oregon Conference. Members in good standing will receive and cast their ballots...



DEQ is undertaking the second of two rulemakings to clarify and implement the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021. The Act requires producers of packaging, paper products and food...