Recycle your Holiday Tree

December 28, 2020

As our Deschutes County Knott Landfill continues to fill up (it is anticipated to be full by 2029), we want to do our best to keep what we can out of it. And that includes your holiday tree! Trees can be turned into compost or mulch for reuse rather than rotting and decomposing into methane […]

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Update on Rethink Waste Project’s multifamily recycling project!

December 10, 2020

Remember WAY back in 2019, that The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project won a grant from DEQ? Well, despite all the challenges this year has brought we’ve still been able to move forward with the project. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far. Recycle Right Toolkits We began the project focusing on two different […]

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5 quick tips: how to reduce waste during construction

September 23, 2020

The EPA estimates that 548 million tons of construction and demolition (C/D) debris (concrete, asphalt, steel, wood products, drywall, brick and clay tile, etc) was generated in the U.S. in 2015 alone — more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste. The reduction, reuse, and recycling of C/D can be accomplished through deconstruction […]

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Buckingham 4th Graders Visit Knott Landfill

February 27, 2020

(Pictured above: Our lovely Sustainability Educators having a little fun during the field trip!) Earlier this month, 4th grade students from Buckingham Elementary took a field trip to Knott Landfill. As part of our EarthSmart program and partnership with Deschutes County Solid Waste, students are able to tour the very place where all of our […]

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Rethink Waste and The Environmental Center Won a Grant for 2020!

December 17, 2019

We are so excited to announce we are one of the lucky 2019 Oregon DEQ Materials Management grant recipients! You can read all about our project and see who else in Oregon won with their amazing project proposals here. What are you going to do? Our project will address recycling at multifamily complexes: increasing recovery […]

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Rethink Waste Over the Holidays

December 5, 2019

It is estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, more than 1 million tons of additional waste is generated EACH WEEK nationwide. And that doesn’t even take into account all the waste and resources used upstream and around the world to create all the new stuff people buy this time of year. The good news […]

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Recycling might not be the answer by itself.

November 6, 2019

But it is part of the solution. Recycling! A positive and negative buzz word these days. I think about it as being an alternative to throwing something away. But interestingly, we didn’t need recycling back in the 1940s because Americans were good at reuse. Remember the milkman? I don’t, actually, but I have heard about […]

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Buying in Bulk: What’s the Big Deal?

October 22, 2019

In considering whether or not to buy in bulk, there are many pros. And in my book, there are also some challenges. (To clarify, for the purposes of this posting, bulk is when you can get any amount of something you want.  Pre-packaged items do not count.) First, here are some benefits: Less packaging waste […]

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Talkin’ Trash: July’s City Club Forum, Round 2 questions!

August 20, 2019

Below is a continuation from a previous blog from July’s City Club event Talkin Trash. More questions from you: answered! Denise and I tag-teamed these again. Do you have more questions? We love them — send them our way. Are reusable bags better/more sustainable than paper? How cost-effective?! Yes, reusable bags are better than paper […]

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Talkin’ Trash: July’s City Club Forum

July 31, 2019

In the middle of July, the Rethink Waste Project was invited to come present at the monthly City Club Forum. Our own Denise Rowcroft did an amazing job talking all about waste reduction, recycling correctly, and the impacts that our consumption has on the earth. She spoke alongside Timm Schimke, Deschutes County’s Director of Solid […]

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