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Waste Prevention Strategy

DEQ has adopted a Waste Prevention Strategy to set priorities and define direction for its work in waste prevention.

  • Waste Prevention Strategy Updates
    A page dedicated to periodic updates with information on selected projects being implemented as part of DEQ's Waste Prevention Strategy.

Oregon law defines waste prevention and reuse as the top priority methods for managing solid waste, and Oregon statute establishes waste generation goals – first to stop the growth in per capita solid waste generation and ultimately to stop the growth in total solid waste generation. DEQ has prepared its Waste Prevention Strategy to identify priority areas of waste prevention work and project initiatives that the Department proposes to undertake over a ten-year period. This work is being done to protect the environment through prevention of solid waste generation and associated “upstream” (resource extraction and production of goods) and “downstream” (end-of-life/waste management) impacts.

For more information on DEQ's Waste Prevention Strategy, please contact David Allaway at 503-229-5479 or via .

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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

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency authorized to protect Oregon's environment by
the State of Oregon and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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