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.


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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 […]


Signs To Help You Recycle Right

Everyone should be awesome at recycling by now, but let’s face it, we can do better. Different communities recycle different things, the packaging can be confusing, and everyone has an opinion. Let us help you put that all to rest. One of the best ways you can make sure you Recycle Right is to have […]


Yes, Recycling is Worth It

Did you catch the recent guest commentary in The Bulletin, “Recycling, Is it Worth It?”  “The Reign of Recycling“, a New York Times opinion piece by John Tierney, and published in local papers all over the country, was basically an argument against recycling, claiming it’s better to just landfill everything. As I was reading this […]