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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Residential Composting Pilot in Bend

October 29, 2018

Last week, Bend Garbage & Recycling and Cascade Disposal announced that they’ll be introducing a residential food waste pilot program to some areas in Bend. About 300 households from each company will participate in the pilot, which allows customers to put more food in their standard yard debris bins for curbside collection and composting. (Raw […]

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Three-bin Composting Tips

October 11, 2017

  At The Environmental Center, we have a variety of composting systems, and they each have pros and cons. The 3-bin system is useful primarily because it offers space to have compost at 3 different stages of decomposition. For example, you could put all your compost in one bin for a period of time — […]

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Processing Your Compost for a Finished Product

May 8, 2017

The compost demonstration area at The Environmental Center is towards the back of the Kansas Ave Learning Garden. We were recently the recipients of a beautiful Little Free Library, installed on an old tree stump near the compost area. This was the perfect excuse to revamp this whole area to make it more attractive and […]

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Avoid Leftover Leftovers

December 14, 2016

As mentioned in an earlier post, we create an additional 25% more waste over the holiday period, and a part of that can be attributed to the increase in holiday parties this time of year.  Food waste in America is actually a big problem – some statistics say that 40% of food is wasted between […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Compost Stink (and how not to!)

June 1, 2015

1. Put a stick of butter in it. Last week I dumped out the compost bucket under the sink at The Environmental Center, and at the very bottom was part of a stick of butter. Yeah, so that stunk up the compost pail, the kitchen, and then the outdoor bin for like 2 days. So […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned From My Compost Pile

August 1, 2013

Composting can be intimidating.  Where do you start? (A pile is fine). Is it going to smell? (Sometimes, but that just indicates it needs a little love). How can I get my (husband/wife/partner/roommate) on board? (See saving money tip below). It can be tricky at first, but here are a few things I have learned […]

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Newport Ave Market Awarded for Commercial Composting Program

February 16, 2012

Talk about reducing waste…since they started the commercial composting service with Cascade Disposal last May, Newport Ave Market has reduced their landfill waste by nearly 60%!  Check out the press release for the details: BEND, Ore. – February 9, 2012 – Newport Ave. Market, a well known grocery store in Bend, Oregon, is proud to announce the […]

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