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Land Quality 


Environmental Cleanup
Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste


Rethinking Recycling: An Oregon Waste Reduction Curriculum

Rethinking Recycling contains activities and lesson plans for students in grades K-5. The lessons can be used separately or as a unit. Many of the lessons satisfy Oregon's Common Curriculum Goals and Benchmarks. Rethinking Recycling was first published in 1988. The third update was published in 1993, and the latest version (available now) was published in 2001.

If you are unable to download the provided PDFs from the web, or if you would like to have a hard copy mailed to you, please contact DEQ's Solid Waste Section, 503-229-6724 or toll-free in Oregon, 1-800-452-4011 x6724, or .

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For more information about DEQ's Land Quality programs, visit the DEQ contact page.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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