06 Oct '11, 8pm

Oregon Meets 50 Percent Waste Recovery Goal

Oregon Meets 50 Percent Waste Recovery Goal

Oregon’s total waste recovery rate hit 50 percent for the first time in state history in 2010, according to a recent report by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality . Oregon originally set a goal to recover half of its waste by 2009 but met the total a year late. The state diverted 46.3 percent of waste from landfills last year – the highest rate since tracking began in 1992, the department said. The 50 percent “total recovery rate” was reached by counting credits for waste prevention, reuse and residential composting, The Oregonian reported on Wednesday. In 2009, the total recovery rate was about 48 percent. Recycling and recovery saved an estimated energy equivalent of 258 million gallons of gasoline, or roughly 3 percent of Oregon’s total energy use last year, according to the report. The state also saved approximately 4 percent of its total greenhouse gas emi...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/10/06/oregon-meets-50-perce...

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