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Solid Waste and Materials Management

Oregon law establishes a hierarchy for the management of solid waste. The first objective is to prevent the generation of the waste. If that is not possible, reuse is the next best option, followed by recycling, composting, and energy recovery. Safe disposal is the last option, if none of the others is feasible.

Materials management addresses the full life cycle of materials including, but not limited to, the management of solid wastes.

Waste Prevention and Reuse

This category includes the hierarchy objectives "prevent," "reduce" and "reuse." Within this category you will find topics such as:

Waste Recovery and Composting

This category combines the hierarchy objectives of "recycle" and "compost," and includes topics such as:

Disposal

This category, which incorporates "energy recovery" and "disposal" includes topics on:
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 811 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204-1390
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
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