DEQ Materials Management Grant Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will award $500,000 in grant funding this year for projects that promote prevention, reuse and recovery of solid wastes. Local governments, schools, nonprofits, and federally-recognized tribal nations are encouraged to apply. Applications are open from July 13 to September 28, and more information is available at


Global Recycling Disruption

FOR YEARS, CHINA HAS TAKEN IN ROUGHLY 60% of the world's recyclable materials. However, China has stated that as of January 2018, it will no longer accept mixed paper (like junk mail and cereal-box-type material) as well as certain "waste plastics" (any plastics with numbers 3 - 7 stamped on the bottom of the item).

THIS THREAT OF A CRACKDOWN has sent a shockwave through the solid waste industry, resulting in stockpiling of mixed recyclables with no place to go. This is especially true in more rural areas of the state, which are hundreds of miles from recycling processors in Portland, northern California and Washington.

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