Earth Day 2022: A Great Success!

April 27, 2022

We know not all heroes wear capes, but these two earth day heroes sure are rocking theirs! photo credit: www.thesaltyboob.life First, a huge thank you is in order to all who showed up to participate in our first large in-person gathering since 2019. Seeing folks together again, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and celebrating Earth Day […]

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Why aren’t paper cups recyclable or compostable if they are made from paper?

March 3, 2022

As events and activities pick up around Central Oregon with spring approaching, community members and businesses frequently ask about recycling and composting paper cups. Why aren’t paper cups recyclable or compostable if they are made from paper? The short answer is – paper cups are not recyclable or compostable because they are not made of […]

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5 Actions to Support Your 2022 Rethink Waste Goals

January 18, 2022

Heading into the New Year, we might feel inspired to adopt goals in many areas of our lives. Sometimes, these goals become pretty broad, which can be difficult to act on. Do you want to set a zero-waste goal, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are 5 specific actions you can take to rethink […]

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6 Tips for a Low-Waste Holiday Season

December 17, 2021

Create memories, not waste this holiday season! Check out these 6 tips for a low-waste holiday season. According to the EPA, American household waste increases by more than 25 percent between November and the New Year – contributing an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. As you might know, the Knott Landfill […]

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Tips for Keeping Post-Halloween Pumpkins Out of the Landfill

November 1, 2021

Want to hear something scary? Each year, over a billion pounds of pumpkins are sentenced to landfills across the US. Check out these tips for keeping pumpkins out of the Knott Landfill here in Deschutes County. 1. Are the pumpkins or Jack O’lanterns starting to go bad? Are they too spooky for consumption? Compost them! […]

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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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Rethink Food Waste: Preparing Parts and Pieces

May 4, 2021

If you didn’t get a chance to join us for our virtual event on Monday, May 3, you’re in luck! We have a recording available for you to watch at any time. We hope you enjoy it! We trimmed out the Life of a Strawberry video (2 min) at minute 8:55 due to copyrights, but […]

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Preventing Food Waste with Roommates

January 20, 2021

When you’re living with roommates, you probably don’t get the option to store your food like this food storage guide suggests. In my house, we have five people and one refrigerator. Each person gets their one shelf and sometimes the fridge is so packed it’s difficult to keep tabs on your food and not let […]

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Use the WHOLE Bird!

November 18, 2020

I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving plans were thwarted by Kate Brown’s newest COVID-prevention orders. My outdoor buffet-style gathering of 7 from 6 different households is no longer ok. Sigh. And we already bought the turkey. In the spirit of #nofoodwaste, in honor of the life that was taken to feed me and […]

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A few thoughts about waste, awareness, and November.

November 9, 2020

Imagine your perfect 4th-Thursday-in-November holiday scenario. What does it look like? In the year 2020 (an election year, at that), the economy isn’t doing great and many people have lost their jobs due to a global pandemic. It’s unsafe to travel and gather in large groups. And we are in the midst of the biggest […]

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