Protecting Oregon's Environment
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Land Quality 

Commercial Waste Reduction Clearinghouse

Setting Up A Program
Waste Reduction Strategies
Educate and Promote
Recognition and Funding
Success Stories
Commercial Laws and Regulations

Waste Reduction Strategies

Dry Cleaning

Waste Prevention

  • Offer or sell reusable garment bags.
  • Encourage customers to return hangers with a "caddy" that they can return when it is full. A description of successful programs can be found at the National Waste Prevention Coalition web site.
  • Reuse hangers returned from customers.
  • Purchase plastic garment bags on a large roll rather than boxed.
  • Use returned plastic bags for garbage liners.
  • Donate unclaimed clothes to charity.
  • Reuse clothing tags.
  • Use a wet cleaning process to eliminate toxic solvents such as perchloroethylene. You will reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated and save money on disposal costs.
  • See General Tips for basic office waste prevention steps.


  • Recycle damaged hangers that cannot be reused.
  • Recycle plastic garment bags.
  • Buy garment bags made from 100 percent post-consumer waste.
  • Set up a recycling program for your employees and encourage them to participate.


For more information visit these web sites:

  • Composting Council of Canada
  • Composting News
  • Internet Recycling and Composting Resource Page
  • Recyclers World central composting category
  • US EPA composting
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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
Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900  FAX: 503-229-6124

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