Recycling rates rise in county

The 2001 solid waste recovery (recycling) rate for Hood River County has been adjusted from 24.3 percent to 29.7 percent, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The adjustment means that Hood River County exceeded its state-mandated recycling rate of 25 percent for the first time. Waste recovery rates for 2002 will not be released until later this year.

When the statewide recycling rates for 2001 were released by the DEQ in December, Hood River and Wasco counties were singled out as the only two counties in the state not to meet the required recovery rate of 25 percent.

Waste Connections, which owns Hood River Garbage Service and operates the Hood River Transfer Station (the company also runs the landfill in Wasco County) believed that increased recycling efforts being implemented by the company should have resulted in higher recovery rates and asked the DEQ to review the recovery data for the two counties.

The DEQ review found errors in waste disposal and recovery data, and also discovered that several private recyclers in the area had not been included in the data.

The review resulted in an increase in the 2001 recovery rates for both Hood River and Wasco counties. Wasco County’s recycling rate rose from 23.7 percent to 25.8 percent.

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