Oregon hits new diversion record

Oregon hits new diversion record

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oregon recovered more than half of its municipal waste in 2011, achieving the highest rate of recovery and the lowest per-capita waste disposal since the state began tracking these numbers in 1992.

The findings were revealed in the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's 20th annual "Material Recovery and Waste Generation Rates Report," which provides a breakdown of what materials went to disposal, recycling, composting and energy in the state.

Overall, 52 percent of the Beaver State's waste was kept out of landfill, up from 2010's 50 percent rate. Of the materials diverted from landfill, 65 percent was recycled, 19 percent was composted and 16 percent was burned for energy.

Per-capita, Oregonians produced 2,458 pounds of waste per person in 2011, up slightly from the 2,443 pounds per person in 2010.

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