EUGENE, Ore. – The Association of Oregon Recyclers put a spotlight on the challenges the industry is facing at their annual meeting, which was held at the Eugene Hilton June 13-15.
Dozens of leaders around Oregon gained knowledge and resources to improve recycling programs in their own communities.
The three-day conference offered everything from cutting-edge educational sessions and workshops to speeches by national experts.
The event gives those in the recycling industry a chance to hear what’s working and what isn’t.
China’s crackdown on contamination was the primary focus of the meeting.
"It is a very important conversation to be around the table in what do we do with these materials, but again, looking at upstream solutions,” said Elizabeth Start with the Oregon Association of Recyclers. “We appreciate our DEQ focusing on materials management, not just what do we do with this material once it's used, it's how do we prevent the creation of that material if we don't need it and prevent that waste in the first place.”
It wasn’t all work at the conference. Attendees played disc golf as part of a team building exercise.