Understanding the Recovery Rate
The Oregon Recovery Rate measures the amount of progress Oregon is making in recycling trash. It is a method that the Department of Environmental Quality of Oregon (DEQ) implemented in order to reach a Statewide goal of 50% recovery of all solid waste material collected by 2009. As an example, in 1992 there was an average of 5.7 pounds of trash being discarded per person per day. By 2006 that estimate had risen to 8.5 pounds. Oregon’s population is growing, so it is not hard to understand the important role of the Oregon Recovery Rate. In 1992, an average of 1.5 pounds of trash per person per day was being recycled. In 2006 that figure had risen to 3.7 pounds.
The amount of trash actually being landfilled only rose by an average of 0.7 per person per day in 14 years! Trails End Recovery is one of 266 recycling centers (and growing) in the State of Oregon. Each county is divided into what is referred to as a wasteshed by DEQ. A wasteshed is responsible for reaching specific goals of recovery. So how has Clatsop County been doing? The chart above shows Clatsop County’s progress. The DEQ requests that Clatsop County recycles no less than 25% of total solid waste material collected. The chart also shows the impact Trails End Recovery is having on the current mandate.
Trails End Recovery has spared the landfill by recycling over 100,000 tons of C&D (Construction & Demolition) waste.