DEQ Releases 2009 Oregon Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report
Did you know that energy savings from recycling in Oregon in 2009 equaled the cost of 216 million gallons of gasoline? Or that greenhouse gas reductions from recycling, composting and energy recovery amounted to the equivalent of about 4 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the state that year?
These facts and hundreds of others are in DEQ's recently released 2009 Oregon Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report.
This year's report summarizes how various county waste management areas around the state fared in meeting their 2009 material recovery goals, which were set several years ago. Twenty-five of the 35 areas met their goals, while the state overall fell just short of its 50 percent solid waste recovery goal for 2009.
"We're not sure if the decline [in waste generation] ... is mainly a reflection of the down economy or if it's due to more awareness of sustainability issues such as waste prevention," said Mary Lou Perry, the report's author.
DEQ thanks you for your efforts to help reduce waste!
Tips for a Green Halloween
your costume from recycled materials or swap old costumes.
Lots of odds and ends can be reused for great costumes, and
don't forget to choose a reusable bag or container to collect
More green Halloween guidance here.
DEQ Regulates PGE Boardman
DEQ just wrapped up two weeks of public hearings on closure options for Portland General Electric's coal-fired power plant in Boardman as part of a month-long public comment period that ended Oct. 1, 2010. Thank you to those of you who shared your thoughts.
In response to PGE's request for DEQ to review early closure options that meet federal standards, the proposal outlines the pollution controls necessary for plant closure in 2015-2016, 2018 or 2020. PGE has also submitted a new alternative 2020 closure plan for comment.
DEQ will address comments and prepare its final proposal for the Environmental Quality Commission. The commission is expected to reach a decision at the December 2010 meeting.
Follow the process at DEQ's PGE Boardman web page.
DEQ Invites You to Comment on Woodstove Rules
Come comment on the rules for how the new DEQ woodstove program will operate! The new woodstove law, designed to protect homebuyers from potential fire hazards and clear the air of unnecessary wood smoke pollution, went into effect Aug. 1, 2010. Now DEQ is working to clarify the process of how the law will be put into effect.
Passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature, the law requires the removal and decommissioning of any uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert from a home when it is sold. The law also allows DEQ to develop rules to address a broader range of home wood-heating devices such as outdoor wood-fired boilers and other uncertified wood-burning devices.
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