EUGENE, Ore. - The latest report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed Lane County is in the lead for waste recovery efforts.
The report found in 2016, Lane County households and businesses recycled 258,370 tons, and another 258,041 tons of waste ended up in the landfill.
The DEQ said waste recycled effectively reduced global greenhouse gases by 740,749 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Experts said this is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 155,947 vehicles, or conserving 83 million gallons of gasoline.
The report also said Lane County recovered a higher percentage of waste than the Portland Metro Region.