Talkin’ Trash: July’s City Club Forum, Round 2 questions!

August 20, 2019

Below is a continuation from a previous blog from July’s City Club event Talkin Trash. More questions from you: answered! Denise and I tag-teamed these again. Do you have more questions? We love them — send them our way. Are reusable bags better/more sustainable than paper? How cost-effective?! Yes, reusable bags are better than paper […]

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Talkin’ Trash: July’s City Club Forum

July 31, 2019

In the middle of July, the Rethink Waste Project was invited to come present at the monthly City Club Forum. Our own Denise Rowcroft did an amazing job talking all about waste reduction, recycling correctly, and the impacts that our consumption has on the earth. She spoke alongside Timm Schimke, Deschutes County’s Director of Solid […]

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Single Use Plastics and their Impacts. Can we change it?

June 27, 2019

Plastics are a problem Is the image of a sea turtle with a single use straw up its nose or a beach completely blanketed in plastic trash burned into your brain like it is in mine? No need to stab the fallen. But seriously: plastic (especially the single use variety) is a problem. And sometimes […]

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6 things you can recycle in Deschutes County that you didn’t know you could.

April 11, 2019

Just don’t put it in your curbside bin! Plus: What do you think are the 3 very common contaminants in curbside recycling? Recycling! It’s a buzz word. Often times what we think of as “recyclable” and “not recyclable” has to do with what you can and can’t put in your curbside bin. But just because […]

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Potty Talk: Plastics in the bathroom

March 14, 2019

Everybody has an opinion and not everyone’s opinion is the same. I have the opinion that plastic is an amazingly versatile and useful substance. It is ubiquitous in our lives; but I am also under the opinion that we do not need to use it nearly as much as we do. I’m speaking specifically to […]

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Why Less Matters

January 28, 2019

Explore how the stuff we buy, use and get rid of everyday, is impacting our world. From furniture to food, our purchasing decisions and behaviors are where we have the most impact, both positively and negatively. We all know the 3 R’s: Reduce Reuse and Recycle, but while most people focus on the 3rd R, […]

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Less Waste, More Joy

December 19, 2017

 A Guide to Reducing Waste Around the Holidays It’s estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, 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, around the world, to create all the new stuff people buy […]

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Recycle Right, Now More Than Ever

October 24, 2017

By now you’ve probably heard of China’s impacts on US recycling markets through their more stringent recycled material standards. Due to increasing environmental awareness in China, they are cracking down on imports of scrap material by refusing contaminated loads and potentially banning certain materials outright.  This program, called ‘The National Sword’, is a strong message […]

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Rethink Eclipse: 4 things you can do to help keep our community clean.

August 16, 2017

Whatever your plans are for the upcoming eclipse, it’s inevitable that you’ll be joined by – or impacted by – a large number of people in our area. And with more people visiting our communities, more trash will be generated. So let’s be a little proactive as hordes of people hit our state, region, and […]

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Which Bottles & Cans Have Deposits?

May 4, 2017

Bottle & Can Deposit Increased to 10 cents on April 1st, 2017. Save those bottles and cans! Oregon was the first state to enact the Bottle Bill in 1971, and now we’re the first state in the nation to boost a previously established deposit amount. On April 1st our deposit went from 5 to 10 cents (even if […]

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