The Lincoln County Solid Waste District and Solid Waste Advisory Committee is sponsoring a public meeting to discuss the potential increases in Lincoln County’s Recycling and Recovery Rates. Recovery rate and a variety of additional solid waste concepts will be presented by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
DEQ is developing ideas on solid waste and recovery for possible introduction in the 2015 Legislative session. The concepts, developed with feedback from a Materials Management Workgroup, included over 90 public and private sector representatives aimed at updating waste shed recovery goals. Goals were last updated in 2001 and were set through 2009. DEQ would like to meet with Lincoln County officials and residents to discuss possible changes to our waste recovery goal.
Commissioner Doug Hunt said, “The decisions we make today regarding our handling of solid waste will have far ranging impacts in our future. Our landfill space is limited and the more quickly we fill up 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% since 1992. While we have met or exceeded our goal, during this time, recovery rates in Oregon have increased from 27.1% to 49.7%. Lincoln County’s most recent official recovery rate was 36%. Attendants at this meeting will learn more about the development of recycling and recovery initiatives, as well as guide Lincoln County’s recycling and recovery goals for the upcoming decade.
Your participation at this meeting is vital to ensure you or your organization can express its interest in the future recycling and recovery goals for Lincoln County. Join us Tuesday, September 2nd at 11:00am, Newport City Hall, City Council Chambers.
PLEASE RSVP Mark Saelens (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4803)