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Repair is having a moment. Two generations ago, most people could handle simple repairs, and most things manufactured were inherently repairable. Fast forward to our current state of fast consumerism, where things are made to be obsolete (“planned obsolesence)” within 6 months. Sometimes that’s through new colorful designs, sometimes by changing power cords, but often […]

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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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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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Deschutes County is seeking applicants for a new Solid Waste Advisory Committee. Committee members will provide input on how Deschutes County processes solid waste after Knott Landfill reaches its capacity. The County is currently conducting a study that will outline different disposal options. The committee will evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of those options […]

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Food waste is a big deal in the United States, with global implications when it comes to climate change.  On a day to day basis, you might feel like you don’t waste much food, but here are a few quick facts. 40% of food in America is wasted. 90% of us throw away food too […]

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The compost demonstration area at The Environmental Center is towards the back of the Kansas Ave Learning Garden. We were recently the recipients of a beautiful Little Free Library, installed on an old tree stump near the compost area. This was the perfect excuse to revamp this whole area to make it more attractive and […]

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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, 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 it still […]

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Looking to brush up on your recycling know-how? Got compost questions? Need ideas for creative reuse? Wondering if less really is more? The Rethink Waste Project offers FREE community presentations that can be tailored to any time frame and group needs and we cover all this and more! We have presented at neighborhood association meetings, […]

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Once again, I’m kicking off the year with a re-energized burst of wanting less stuff, and more time.  More stuff breeds more stuff, which has huge upstream impacts in terms of waste, greenhouse gasses, toxins, water use etc. Here at the Rethink Waste Project, we recognize that materials matter, that the biggest impacts are upstream, […]