Recycling rate declines continue in two West Coast states

28 Apr 2020

California and Oregon recently reported lower statewide diversion rates, a trend that’s been ongoing for multiple years in both states.

Given the latest results, California will fall short of its 75% recycling rate goal for 2020, state officials acknowledged in their recent report.

In 2018, the Beaver State notched a 40.8% recovery rate, down from 41.6% in 2017, according to an April report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The 2018 was the sixth year in a row the rate declined. It hit a peak of 49.7% in 2012.

Oregon has a statewide recovery rate goal of 52% by 2020.

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