SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon is unlikely to reach its goal of recycling and recovering 52 percent of the waste generated in the state by 2020.
The Statesman Journal reports that Oregonians recycled and recovered about 42.8 percent of all waste in the state in 2017. That's just a slight increase from the state's 42.2 percent rate in 2016.
The state's lackluster performance emerged in a report released last week by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
The rate in the annual report reflects the waste that is recovered through recycling and other means, including composting and incinerating to generate energy.
Peter Spendelow, waste reduction specialist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said it's not realistic that the state will meet the 2020 recycling goal.
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