Protecting Oregon's Environment
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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Land Quality 

Solid Waste


Prevention and Reuse
Recovery and Compost
Disposal
Oregon Recycling Laws:
A History
Conferences, Training & Workshops
Resources

Waste Recovery and Composting

Material Recovery and Waste Generation Survey

Each year, the Department of Environmental Quality compiles data on post-consumer recycling. A survey is sent to all collection service providers and private recycling companies who handle such material. They provide detailed information on materials collected and marketed for recycling, composting or energy recovery. This survey data is combined with data gathered from disposal sites from quarterly or annual reporting forms. Together, recovery and disposal numbers make up the amount of waste generated by Oregonians each year.

Recovery information allows DEQ to determine energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions, two important environmental benefits. DEQ also calculates a recovery rate: The percentage of the total waste generated that is recovered in recycling, composting or energy recovery. Recovery, disposal and generation data, as well as recovery rates, are calculated both on a statewide basis and for each of the 35 individual wastesheds.

  • Rates (Wastesheds)
    Wasteshed rates and contact information for the survey periods of 2012 and 2011.

Documents

Forms
Individual (Private) Recyclers, Scrap Metal Dealers, and Electronics Recyclers are required to complete and submit the material recovery forms to DEQ by February 28 of each year. Recycling Collector (Hauler) survey forms are required to be completed and submitted to their Wasteshed Representative by January 31 of each year; the wasteshed representative is required to submit the completed forms to DEQ by February 28 of each year. Please contact Oregon DEQ's Solid Waste Program, 503-229-6724, if you have not filled out these forms before or do not already have a CID number.

  • Attachments
    Attachment A is a list of "counting" materials and their definitions. Attachment B is measurement standards used for calculating the tonnage for reporting.
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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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