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


The Northeast Recycling Council has begun a project through the State Electronics Challenge to explore the practice and the prevalence of public sector auctioning.

They are looking for information about any ...


The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC) is a platform for...


This year's First Lego League competition had the theme of "Trash Trek" and two area teams are headed to national tournaments later this year. AOR promoted the competition last fall and the tournament and 15th annual...