Green Spotlight: Grow and Give with the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

September 10, 2021

In Deschutes County, 1 in 8 people across the County is food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from. At the same time, an estimated 26% of our landfill (the one that is projected to be full by 2029) is comprised of wasted food. The High Desert Food and […]

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Petal Painting: DIY Watercolor Paints

Do you have flowers in your garden or a special bouquet beginning to wilt and whither? Let’s give those beauties another life by creating our very own, low-waste watercolors! Take this opportunity to soak in the season and colors changing all around us. Want to petal paint with us? Join us at the Welcoming Week: […]

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Rethinking Waste – Music Festival Edition

August 31, 2021

Earlier this month, our team partnered with Mini 4 Peaks to Rethink Waste – music festival edition. In collaboration with festival organizers and vendors, we worked to eliminate single use food packaging, set up ample waste sorting stations with educational signage, and coordinated a volunteer recycling crew. The result: 61% of waste diverted from the […]

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Free Yard Debris Drop off: Spring 2021 Fire Free Weeks!

April 12, 2021

During a wildfire, most homes are lost when falling embers smolder and ignite vulnerable areas around homes. Reduce the risk of losing your home to wildfire and take advantage of FREE yard debris disposal at local collection sites. Recycle your needles, leaves, branches and brush for FREE! Grass clippings, brush, plant prunings, pine needles, pine […]

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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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DIY Composter: How-to with TEC’s Youth Education!

November 4, 2020

Our Eco-Hero STEAM students got to make their own composters this fall! What is compost? Compost is decomposed organic material that can be used as a nutrient-rich soil amendment for indoor and outdoor gardens. This decomposition of organic material needs moisture, oxygen, and heat, which may not happen in a landfill: did you know a […]

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3 Tips for a Low Waste Halloween

October 8, 2020

Halloween! Such a fun fantastical holiday when you can really be whoever you want to be: Storm from the X-Men? Willy Wonka? Or popular and scary Freddy Krueger? Well, even scarier might be the incredible amount of plastic waste generated during this holiday. One study estimated that the UK tossed over 2,000 tons of new […]

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Less Wasted Food on Farms featuring Boundless Farmstead and Rainshadow Organics.

June 6, 2020

We in Central Oregon, despite our fame as a semi-desert, are incredibly lucky to have dozens of local food proprietors. From dairies to alpaca farms, from egg-specialists to vegetable gurus. If we’re intentional, we really can live off of only locally sourced food. That is special. Our national food supply chain has been tested and […]

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Composting when you don’t have a yard or a public service.

June 2, 2020

I live in a small apartment and there is no composting on the property. I have a yard, but my HOA says I can’t have a compost pile. I live outside city limits so I don’t get yard debris service and I don’t want to deal with a compost pile. Do any of these statements […]

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Community Grants Awarded For Waste Reduction

February 24, 2020

Five organizations / businesses have won a grant from The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Community Grants Program to support waste reduction efforts! Out of 30 compelling applications, there were three winning projects tackling single-use disposables, one working on diversion of wasted food, and one that addresses recycling contamination. The grants totaled more than $7,000. We […]

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