Member News

Oregon’s Material Recovery Rate for 2015 Tops 50 Percent for 5th Year in a Row

7 Nov 2016

Portland, OR—Despite a rise in waste generation, Oregonians exceeded their goal to recover 50 percent of waste, taking into account recovery credits, resulting in significant energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's 2015 Oregon Material Recovery and Waste Generation Report. The recovery rate is the percentage of the total waste generated by Oregonians that is recycled, composted or recovered for energy. In 2015 Oregon's calculated waste recovery rate was 50.3 percent. 

OBRC and the NWGA Issue Statement Regarding Deposit Increase

22 Jul 2016

In 2011 the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3145, which requires that if, beginning in 2014, the redemption rate of Oregon Bottle Bill containers falls below 80% for two consecutive years, the 5 cent deposit shall increase to 10 cents.

Today, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) reported a rate below 80% for 2014 and 2015 and scheduled an increase in the deposit to 10 cents effective April 1st, 2017.

Portland City Council adopts new deconstruction ordinance to save quality, historic materials

7 Jul 2016

Portland, ORE – Today, Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. With Council’s unanimous approval of that ordinance, Portland became the first city in the country to ensure that val

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