Provide input on the future of Oregon's recycling system
The Oregon legislature passed the Recycling Modernization Act (Senate Bill 582) during the 2021 legislative session and now is your chance to inform how it will be implemented. The start-up phase will span multiple years with extensive planning, research, rulemaking and stakeholder engagement. DEQ will keep interested stakeholders informed and seek input through
several different channels throughout that time.

Check out these links to learn more and sign up to participate:
Events, webinars & resources

  • Save the date! Join Washington County Chamber of Commerce, City of Beaverton and the Green Business Leaders program on Thursday December 2nd for the 4th annual virtual Green Business Symposium! More details here!

  • New, free resources from the Food Waste Stops With Me campaign are now available. Visit Metro's website for food tracking, food waste prevention and donation tools. While your there, check out videos featuring local businesses sharing strategies and tips to reduce food waste!

  • Attend free DEQ virtual training!  Any business that uses and manages hazardous waste will benefit from this training. Learn the basics of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), hazardous waste rules, and managing the most common wastes.
  • Wednesday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Click here for more info and to register for the Zoom link.
Join us for next virtual Latte & Learn!
Hear from City of Portland's Behavioral Science Liaison, Lindsey Maser, and learn how to apply lessons from behavioral science and take advantage of this moment to reinvigorate workplace sustainability efforts.

Date: Tuesday November 3rd
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Spanish interpretation will be available during this event. 
Please note that this webinar will be recorded.
Pre-registration required.
Welcome new staff!
Noemi Sarabia-Feria joined the Solid Waste & Recycling outreach team in August as a Bilingual Outreach Specialist. Her background is in Biology and Chicano/Latino Studies. Noemi's previous work included taking children from underrepresented groups to the Lower Columbia Estuary and Ross Island to teach them about the importance of the Willamette River’s ecosystem. During that time, she also learned how to navigate a 29-foot canoe. So much fun!
"Being a Bilingual Outreach Specialist for Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling is important for me because I will be able to reach out to minorities, listen to their concerns, and let them know that I am here to work with them. At the same time, I hope this work will make a difference and help improve our environment for my family and future generations."
Welcome to the team, Noemi!
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