Waste not: Oregon recycling over half its trash

Per-capita disposal rates lowest in 20 years

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 2:12 PM PDT October 23, 2012 
Knott Landfill

Oregon recovered more than half of the municipal waste Oregonians generated in 2011 – the highest rate since the state started measuring waste recovery rates in 1992.

At the same time, per-capita waste disposal in Oregon dropped to the lowest amount ever since 1992.

These two findings are from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s 20th annual Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report, which breaks down the handling of materials – either for disposal or for recovery through recycling, composting and burning for energy.

View this year’s report on DEQ’s website.

The report lists material recovery rates by 33 county wastesheds in addition to two municipal wastesheds (Portland metropolitan area and Milton-Freewater).

Key findings and trends for the year 2011:









            A geographical perspective:




DEQ is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect Oregon’s environment. Metro is the elected regional government that serves more than 1.5 million residents in the three counties and 25 cities in the Portland, Oregon region.