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Association of Oregon Recyclers Sustainable Oregon Conference!

Register for the Sustainable Oregon Conference scheduled for October 26-28 at the Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon. Come learn about resiliency in the time of climate change, trends in recycling and managing difficult waste, equity, diversity and inclusion in policy and program design, and food systems, just to name a few.

Scholarships to attend are also available! 

Check out the AOR website!

Calling all food businesses!

Have you heard about the new regional food waste requirement? Does your business produce, sell or distribute food or is a grocery store, food manufacturer, restaurant and bar, cafeteria or hotel?

If so, we'd like to help you comply with this policy. Please contact us to learn more and to help get you started today!

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Recycling and truth in labeling

After the legislative passing of Oregon's Recycling Modernization Act (RMA) last year, the Truth in Labeling Task Force was created to study and evaluate misleading or confusing claims regarding the recyclability of product packaging. Public confusion about what and how to recycle has been one of several root drivers of instability in Oregon’s recycling system. The group developed a report of recommendations for legislation to the Legislature. Learn more about the RMA and the report from the Truth in Labeling Task Force.  

Visit the DEQ website

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Check out the latest from the PPRC Metals industry roundtable discussions focusing on how to build a toxics reduction team at your work site and learn about more upcoming events. You can also check out how your auto body shop, landscaping or car wash business can become certified through the EcoBiz certification program

SPANISH ONLY! Join PPRC for a Spanish only virtual training opportunity on safer cleaning product procurement to reduce toxic chemicals and products at your business. The training will provide background on safe and effective cleaning products that are certified as less toxic (e.g. EPA’s Safer Choice and Design for Environment labels)

Register HERE!

Check out the PPRC website

Free hazardous waste classes from the DEQ!

The DEQ will provide online training on the basics of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste rules, and managing the most common wastes. Register using the Zoom links below.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022, 8 a.m. to noon. Register in advance at this link
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register in advance at this link.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting you have registered for. For questions, contact Alex Bertolucci[email protected]

Visit the DEQ hazardous waste webpage

Featured Green Business Leaders

Washington County

Congratulations to Washington County for recertifying as a gold level Green Business Leader! With four solar installations at various buildings, Energy Trust of Oregon recently awarded the County several Strategic Energy Management awards. The County has a robust recycling program and helps employees prevent waste through their durable dish loan program and ReUse store. Their Fleet Services and Facilities and Parks services are both Eco-Biz certified, which means they meet high standards to reduce toxics, prevent pollution, and protect the environment.


Acumed is officially recertified as a Green Business Leader! The global company provides orthopedic and medical solutions that improve patient care around the world and works hard to minimize their environmental impact through energy saving building features and by working with Eco-Biz certified landscapers. They also have an electric vehicle charging station for use by employees and visitors and have a goal to bring back their community and pollinator gardens this year.

Key Knife

Please join us in congratulating Key Knife on their Green Business Leaders recertification! The company recycles PPE and batteries that aren't accepted in the curbside recycling, and goes the extra mile by washing and reusing gloves instead of using disposable options. The company is not just focused on making their operations and facilities more sustainable, they also give back to their local community through sports team sponsorships, employee volunteering and an employee matching program. 

Want to become a Green Business Leader and learn more about recycling, waste reduction and other sustainable practices? Check out our website and connect with us!

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