Materials Management in Oregon
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Upstream Production and Consumption
This paper examines the topic of waste prevention, the “reduce,
reuse” part of the solid waste management hierarchy. It provides a
summary of research findings on prevention, an overview of DEQ’s
Waste Prevention Strategy, and a short discussion of key challenges
Residential Green Building
Residential green building is one element of DEQ’s work in waste
prevention. This report summarizes the results of DEQ’s Life Cycle
Assessment of residential waste prevention building practices,
outcomes of that research and next steps for DEQ, and some emerging
Sustainable Consumption and Waste Prevention
This paper provides some background on sustainable consumption and
explores its relationship with waste prevention. It concludes that
DEQ’s traditional waste prevention work may be more effective if
reframed clearly in the context of sustainable consumption.
Literature Review: Key Challenges in Sustainable Consumption
This paper summarizes a literature review addressing the challenges
specific to sustainable consumption.
Literature Review: Alternatives for Advancing Sustainable Production
and Consumption through Government Programs and Policies
This document summarizes the results of a broad but limited
literature review specific to program and policy alternatives that
support sustainable production and consumption.
Recommendations for Product Stewardship in Oregon
This report recommends that Oregon pursue product stewardship as one
strategy to reduce the environmental and public health impacts of
products. It also recommends eight key elements for product
stewardship programs and policy in Oregon.
End of Life/Recovery
More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the
This EPA study demonstrates how an enhanced national recycling
and composting strategy in the United States can address climate
change, create jobs, and improve health. It provides examples of
policy and regulatory approaches to achieve a 75 percent
diversion rate for municipal solid waste and construction and
demolition debris by 2030.
Oregon's Solid Waste Hierarchy - Intent and Uses
This document describes the policy intent behind Oregon's solid
waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, energy
recovery and disposal) and DEQ's application of the guidance.
Trends in Oregon Waste Generation 1993-2010
This document describes wastes tracked by DEQ, overall disposal
and recovery trends for Oregon and trends in generation,
disposal and recovery for individual material groups.
Materials Management and Greenhouse Gases
A summary of how materials contribute to greenhouse gas
emissions, and opportunities to reduce emissions through
Best Management Practices for Discarded Food Scraps
This paper describes a food waste recovery hierarchy that
identifies activities and practices intended to: 1) minimize the
amount of food waste generated, and 2) beneficially use food
What are "Conversion Technologies?"
This paper describes processes and technologies used to convert
the energy stored in carbon-containing organic wastes to
chemicals and products which can be used to create energy or
make new products. The paper also briefly identifies potential
benefits and concerns relevant to conversion technologies.
Potential for Additional Material Recovery
This paper examines current recovery rates for materials in
Oregon, and evaluates several potential environmental impacts if
recovery could be increased.