DEQ awards $1.2 million in materials management grants—several counties earn awards

The Oregon DEQ’s Materials Management program has awarded over $1.2 million in grant funding to 34 local governments and non-profit organizations for projects to prevent, reuse or recover solid wastes and support local government materials management planning efforts. Funding was made possible through fee increases approved by the state legislature in 2015.

A number of counties and cities received funding. Examples of projects awarded funding include:

Recycling and composting projects in Lane, Benton, Linn and Coos Counties and Sandy, Lake Oswego, Gresham.

Projects to recover edible food from groceries and other food businesses for redistribution to food insecure populations in Marion, Polk, Deschutes and Jackson Counties and the Portland Metropolitan area.

Planning to evaluate expanded recycling services in Douglas County and creating a materials management plan in Eugene.

Projects to support building materials reuse programs in Medford, Warrenton, The Dalles, Junction City and Bay City.

Waste prevention and recycling programs in rural and low-income schools across the state.

Next step will be to complete the agreements with grant recipients by July 31, 2017. A summary description of the projects awarded funding can be found at

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