Jackie and Ani Pick Up 8,500 lbs of Trash

July 19, 2021

TEC staff participate in marine debris removal and recovery adventure in Alaska. How do you say “no” to a once-in-a lifetime expedition adventure to one of the frontlines of the global ocean plastics crisis – the Alaska coastline? You don’t. When an invitation came from the Ocean Plastic Recovery (OPR) Project to join the Island […]

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Advocating to Modernize Oregon’s Recycling System and Reduce Plastic Pollution

April 19, 2021

Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act (SB 582B): UPDATE 6/24/31: The bill has passed through both legislative chambers and will be signed into law by the governor! Overview Oregon has an outdated recycling system that leads to public confusion about what can and cannot be recycled, and consequently, high rates of contamination. The system also […]

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Chasing Arrows Symbol: what does it mean?

People know it as the “universal recycling symbol”. But guess what? It does NOT mean “recyclable”. The ubiquitous chasing arrows symbol doesn’t mean that something is recyclable?? What? I know. Crazy, right? It was a brilliant deceptive campaign introduced by the petroleum industry. The truth: The number inside the chasing arrows symbol is something called […]

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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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Thoughts on Recycling with Terracycle

March 2, 2021

A common question we get at Rethink Waste is what about TerraCycle? Why doesn’t The Environmental Center sign up to get some collection boxes for hard to recycle items such as candy wrappers and Keurig cups? I thought it would be good to address this in a post for everyone to see. Bottom Line: Yes, […]

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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): UPDATE: This bill died in the House of Representatives. It did not pass. Overview If you can’t repair your own things, do you really own them? […]

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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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