Waste that’s worthy of attention 

February 12, 2021

Oregon’s legislative session is underway and there are over a dozen waste-related bills that have been introduced. Here are two bills that we support. Right to Repair (HB 2698): Overview If you can’t repair your own things, do you really own them? In a time of planned obsolescence where stuff is made to be broken, […]

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Where Is Away?

February 5, 2021

This week’s Lunch Bites Highlight focuses on sustainable living and specifically, where our garbage goes once we throw it away. Helping our young learners understand the journey garbage takes can help them make conscious decisions about what to throw away, and what to recycle. Each day, the average person will dispose of around 5 pounds […]

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Lunch Bite Highlights: Recycling Activities & Read-Aloud Story

January 29, 2021

Lunch Bite Highlight 1 One of our lunch bite highlights this week focuses on the process of recycling. Recycling is when we take our old things like paper bags or plastic bottles and turn them into something new! Reusing our old materials can help protect our environment. This Lunch Bite includes a video which focuses […]

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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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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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