SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A new report from the state Department of Environmental Quality says people in Oregon sent more garbage to landfills and recycled less in 2014.
However Peter Spendelow, a DEQ solid waste analyst, told the Statesman Journal the state beat its recycling target and continues to rank near the top nationwide for recycling rates.
Oregon households and businesses threw away a total of 2,572,453 tons of garbage last year, up 5.5 percent from 2013.
That’s 1,298 pounds per person, up 4.4 percent from the previous year’s per capita rate.
The statewide recovery rate was 51 percent of total waste generated, down from a record 53.9 percent in 2013. The state goal set by the Legislature is 50 percent.
Recovery includes recycling, composting, and burning for energy.