Recycling keeps materials that would have ended up in the garbage back into the manufacturing loop, requiring less energy and raw materials to be used. For example, by recycling one aluminum can, 95% of the energy used to make a new can is saved, all by throwing it in a recycling bin.


How it Works

Recycling in driven by a combination of state and local laws working with local recycling markets and programs. So if you look at what happens to your old paper and soda cans after you move them to the curb, you’ll find that they get baled up and trucked over the mountains along with other commingled recyclables in Central Oregon, and end up at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted mechanically and by hand. From there, old paper or cans are sold to markets where they will get recycled into new products.



Cartons, Containers, Coffee Oh My!

You recycle paper, and you’ve done it for ages.  Newspaper, magazines, office paper, you’ve got it all dialed.  But let me guess, there’s some things you’re not sure of.  Like milk cartons, soy milk containers, and paper coffee cups – these are all paper too, right? Yes, technically they are.  But here’s the deal: they […]

wrapping paper under tree

Recycle Right at Your Gift Exchange

Hopefully you’ve chosen gifts well suited for the recipient, bought them an experience, or made them something yourself. Whatever you chose for your gifts, here’s a guide to dealing with the inevitable waste from your gift exchange this year. Before your party – set up a quick station using any kind of container to separate […]


Where in the World Is My Recycling?

  Have you ever wondered what happens to the yogurt tub or the cardboard box after you toss it in your commingle cart and haul the cart to the curbside? Susan Baker from Bend Garbage & Recycling enlightened me regarding the trip the recyclables take after we wave them bye-bye: The materials are first brought […]