A new report conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality reveals that households are sending a large amount of solid waste to landfill. Last year alone, Oregonians tossed out the weight of 14 Empire State Buildings worth of trash.
The State of Oregon currently has a goal to reduce solid waste and divert 52 percent of waste from landfill by 2020. But as Oregonians continue to produce more trash, that goal is becoming harder and harder to hit.
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When it comes to the amount of trash produced, Oregon is moving in the wrong direction. A new report Monday from the Department of Environmental Quality shows households are producing more solid waste, but recycling and composting less of it.
Oregonians threw out the weight of 14 Empire State Buildings worth of trash last year. State environmental officials say about 47 percent of those pizza boxes, apple cores and plastic bags never made it to the landfill. Instead, they were diverted to be recycled, composted or burned to make energy. This is often called “recovery” or “diversion.”