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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Should I Choose the Carton or the Jug?

March 23, 2021

So many choices… how do I make the best decision? Shopping in our modern supermarkets, there is a packaging decision in every aisle. We want to make the choice that is the best for people and the planet, but how are we supposed to know? Milk: carton or plastic jug? Pasta: box or plastic bag? […]

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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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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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Tips plus Q & A from Rethink Food Waste Challenge 2020 Participants!

June 8, 2020

Wasted food is kind of a big deal. Did you know that an average household ends up tossing 1/4 of the food they bring home. The good news is that at the household level, there are many things you can do to waste less of the food. 900 Deschutes County households have now opted-in to […]

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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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