Waste Generation Report

Oregonians strive to meet State Waste Recovery Goals!

Have you ever wondered if Oregonians are meeting the waste prevention and recovery goals established by Oregon's Legislature? In 1991 the Legislature set a statewide goal to recover 50% of its waste by 2000, a goal which was then extended to 2009. 

Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, and all cities located within these jurisdictions, comprise the Metro region wasteshed.  Metro encourages a higher recovery rate of 64% compared to the statewide goal of 50%.  In addition to the goal to recover 64% of materials by 2009, the State Legislature passed the goal that for the calendar year 2009 and subsequent years, no annual increase in total municipal solid waste generation.


Tracking Progress

How do we track our progress?
Progress on this goal is tracked by surveying recycling companies and collection service providers who handle recycled materials.  Survey results are collected and calculated by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  Disposal amounts and recovered or recycled amounts are reported and a recycling rate is calculated.  Total waste generation is also tracked.

How are we doing?

  • In 2011, Oregonians on average, generated 6.7 pounds of waste, per capita, per day, or over 2,400 pounds during the entire year. 
  • Statewide, 48.5% of this waste was recovered (recycled). 
  • In the Metro region, nearly 60% of our waste was recovered during this same timeframe.

Review DEQ's Waste Generation reports to see how Oregon performed over the last few years. The most recent (2011) DEQ Material Recovery and Waste Generation Report is available online.

There are many waste prevention ideas to help Oregonians (residents and businesses) impact these statewide results. Focusing on waste prevention, we can achieve more sustainable communities. 

Learn about the metro region plans to meet the State's waste recovery target.

Additional Resources format-pdf

2010 DEQ Waste Generation Report - Full Report

2009 DEQ Waste Generation Report - Full Report

2007 DEQ Waste Generation Report - Full Report

20052006, and 2007 Metro Region Waste Recovery Tables

"How Much are we Recycling?" - Metro Regional Government