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Disposal and Recovery of Animal Mortality and Byproducts in Oregon

Recent and imminent closures of Oregon rendering plants are leaving the state without those operations and prompting various state agencies, in partnership with users of rendering plants, to explore short and long-term options for disposal of dead animals and butcher waste. Among the state agencies working on potential solutions are the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University. See the News Release (keyword: rendering plants) for more information. The following link will take you to a guidance sheet, produced by Oregon State University, that was prepared to provide alternate disposal options for animal mortalities and byproducts where rendering services are not available.

In June 2001, DEQ's Solid Waste Program, surveyed all the municipal solid waste landfills in Oregon and the rendering[1] companies we could locate in Oregon to obtain information on the recovery and disposal of dead animals and animal byproducts. The survey was designed to help businesses that generate these products find resources for their recovery or disposal. This information is needed now because some rendering companies serving Oregon have closed or raised their prices recently, limiting the options for disposal of dead animals and animal byproducts.

The results of the survey are compiled and can be downloaded for viewing.

[1] Rendering is the process of reducing, converting, or melting down fat by heating to produce products that can be used in foods or to make soap, candles, or lubricants.

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