NEW! Borrow Reusable Dishware for Low-Waste Events

November 16, 2022

It was a whirlwind, but your daughter’s birthday went smoother than expected, considering the fact that she’s 7 and so were most of the guests. She had a lot of friends, who all had lots of fun and lots of cake. Good for her, you think.   Then, you see the mountain of plastic forks […]

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“Green Drinks” Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month With Upcycled Piñatas!

October 10, 2022

2022 has been exciting, as we have been able to get back to gathering in-person for our various events: Earth Day, the Green Tour, Power Hour, and one of our favorites — the Green Drinks series! Green Drinks is an international concept that brings people together to learn about sustainability efforts. Here in Central Oregon, […]

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CIF Spotlight: Council on Aging

August 30, 2022

Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Project Spotlight The Environmental Center awarded the Rethink Waste Program’s Community Innovation Grant to the Council on Aging of Central Oregon, to purchase reusable bags for the Council’s nutrition programs, in December of 2020. In the past, the organization has used plastic delivery bags for the Meals on Wheels program. This […]

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Rethink Waste Announces 2022 Community Innovation Fund Recipients

July 15, 2022

The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is thrilled to showcase the recipients of the 2022 Community Innovation Fund (CIF)! CIF is a funding program that supports individuals, businesses, and community organizations throughout Deschutes County advance projects that aim to reduce waste right here in Central Oregon. Fields Farm & Spider City Brewing will initiate a […]

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The 2022 Rethink Waste Community Innovation Fund is Accepting Applications Through May 30

May 2, 2022

Do you have an idea for reducing waste in your neighborhood, workplace, school, your favorite park or restaurant, or any other community space, but aren’t sure how to get started? We would love to help get your idea off the ground with $500 – $2,000 in project funds. Do you have a drinking station, but […]

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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: 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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Busting 5 Myths About Reusables

March 25, 2022

We get a lot of questions from our community about the safety of reusable dishes, cups, and utensils, especially as COVID-19 guidelines evolve. To unpack some commonly held misperceptions around reusables and their safety at food cart lots, events, and festivals, we met with Adrea Rodriguez-Lovejoy, MS, REHS, at Deschutes County Health Service (DCHS). Here […]

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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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