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? Molly Haydon

Where do you work and what do you do? I am a small business owner. I have a company called “Lifestyle Check-up” and I teach a 6 class course based in an Ayurvedic health system to...


What is your name? Camelia Moss

Where do you work and what do you do? Camelias Candles. I return burned, broken and unwanted candles to the circular economy. I also provoide job skills to to the local Lebanon...


Please welcome AOR's newest member, Addie's Alternative! Learn more about them in the New Member Spotlight Below!

What does your business/organization do? Depackaging of off spec food for use in animal feed...