Oregon News

Tackling sustainable recycling: DEQ report reflects Klamath County's rural barriers

14 Jan 2019

According to an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality waste generation report, Klamath County recovered 24.3 percent of the 78,171 tons of waste it generated in 2017.

The report, released in December, breaks down “recovery rates” — percentage of waste recycled — by both county and the state as a whole. Klamath County fell below Oregon’s overall 42.8 percent rate, but according to local and state waste experts, Klamath did well despite geographic and economic and barriers.

Oregon Recycling Rate Rises Despite China Export Woes

31 Dec 2018

An end-of-year report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality shows the state’s recycling rate in 2017 was 42.8 percent, slightly better than the previous year.

Doubling of the bottle deposit to 10 cents was a booster for Oregon’s recycling race. But recycling had setbacks too, including the closure of local paper mills that bought recycled paper and China deciding to cut off recycling imports from the United States.

Glass and paper recycling ticked up, while plastic, electronic and organic waste recycling declined between 2016 and 2017.

Oregon recycling centers seeing more non-redeemable containers -- from Washington

10 Dec 2018

Last year, Oregon's 5-cent bottle deposit went up to 10 cents, and the number of bottles being redeemed has skyrocketed.

From July through September of this year, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative says 500 million cans and bottles were turned in around the state.

But many of those came from across state lines, mainly Washington.

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Georgia-Pacific seeks permit to operate recycling and recovery plant in Oregon

3 Dec 2018

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed issuing a solid waste material recovery facility permit to Georgia-Pacific Toledo LLC, part of Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific. 

The proposed recycling plant, called the GP Toledo Material Recovery Facility, appears equipped to further GP’s research into its Juno technology, which is being designed in part to recover and consume mixed paper.  

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