Oregon to study plastic recycling improvements

Oregon to study plastic recycling improvements

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Oregon is on the verge of launching a major study on new ways to increase the recovery of scrap plastics.

Developed through a partnership between the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Metro regional government, which includes Portland and other local governments in the surrounding tri-county area, the initiative will convene an advisory group of stakeholders who will then work with a contractor to assess possible methods to improve plastics recycling in the state.

The contractor's work will likely include identifying types and volumes of plastics that are currently collected for processing, as well as those that could potentially be collected; identifying and evaluating sorting, purifying and processing technologies; evaluating potential end-markets; conducting a life-cycle assessment for each type of plastic material stream; and finally, developing policy and technical recommendations for the increased recovery of plastics.

Those interested in the project should contact Peter Spendelow at ODEQ, here.

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