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POTENTIAL INCREASE IN COUNTY'S RECYLING, RECOVERY RATE

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 12:40 pm

The Lincoln County Solid Waste District and Solid Waste Advisory Committee is sponsoring a stakeholder meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Newport, to discuss the potential increases in Lincoln County’s Recycling and Recovery Rate.

Recovery rate and a variety of additional solid waste concepts will be presented by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

DEQ is developing legislative concepts on solid waste management and recovery for possible introduction in the 2015 Legislative session. The concepts, developed with feedback from a Materials Management Workgroup and subgroups including over 90 public and private sector representatives, include possible updates to waste shed recovery goals. Goals were last updated in 2001 and were set through 2009. DEQ would like to meet with Lincoln County and its partners to discuss possible changes to the county's waste shed recovery goal.

"The decisions we make today regarding our handling of solid waste will have far ranging impacts in our future," Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt said. "Our landfill space is limited and the more quickly we reduce available space the more quickly we will need to find another location which will lead to higher costs. By addressing this challenge now and enhancing our handling of solid waste to improve recycling, recovery and composting, we are effectively addressing the challenges of the future today."

Lincoln County has had a recovery goal of 20 percent since 1992. While the county has met or exceeded the goal, during this time, recovery rates in Oregon have increased from 27.1 percent to 49.7 percent. Lincoln County’s most recent official recovery rate was 36 percent.

Attendants at the stakeholder meeting will have the chance to learn more about the development of recycling and recovery initiatives, as well as influence Lincoln County’s recycling and recovery goals for the upcoming decade.

Participation at this meeting is vital to ensure organizations can express interests in the future recycling and recovery goals for Lincoln County.

The meeting will be held at the Newport City Hall city council chambers, 169 S.W. Coast Highway.

Those planning to attend should RSVP Mark Saelens at msaelens@co.lincoln.or.us or 541-272-4803.

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