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 City of Portland's Sustainability at Work newsletter recently profiled AOR Member City of Roses Disposal and Recycling. 

City of Roses, the first African American owned solid waste and recycling company in...


The November issue of Plastics Recycling featured an in-depth article by Tim Buwalda, Christy Shelton, and Resource Recycling Staff covering the Oregon Plastics Recovery Assessment Project.

A snippet from the...


This webinar builds on previous webinars where we discussed how to recycle right with tactics and tools to improve residential recycling. This webinar will take a look at how to effectively minimize contamination in...