I’ve been reading a lot about spring cleaning lately. Maybe in part because Marie Kondo has become so popular in the main stream? It’s great that she has really encouraged people to downsize and get rid of all the stuff they have purchased that no longer brings them joy. However, it recently came to my […]

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 […]

  Ever wonder what’s up with the recycling symbol on your Styrofoam take out container?  Curious how to jump start your compost bin?  The Rethink Waste Community Presentation is a visually focused power point presentation that covers these common questions and more. Join Environmental Center staff as we explore the ins and outs of everyday […]

  Want to bring attention to your school’s recycling program, your business’ green efforts, or your organization’s earth month project? The Rethink Waste Project’s “Art of Recycling” display is now available for community members to borrow for temporary set up.  The  display spells RETHINK WASTE using common leftover, discarded, or scrap items and was built […]

  This time of year in Central Oregon, our electric meters are spinning faster than hamster wheels. The luxury of hot water, warm rooms and bright lights leaves us doing the electric slide every time we open the power bill. Reducing our need for electricity results in big savings and leaves more money for things […]

Rethink Waste Guide

  Ever wonder what’s up with the recycling symbol on your Styrofoam take out container? Or why we don’t recycle lids and caps? The new Rethink Waste Community Presentation is a visually focused power point presentation that covers these common questions and more. From what can and can’t be recycled locally (and why) to local […]

The Deschutes County Rethink Waste Guide has the tools and resources you need to reduce waste—and rethink the way you think about “waste”. From learning easy ways to reduce waste at home, such as composting and nontoxic alternatives to purchasing greener products and buying local, we’re all taking steps towards the same goal: reduce, reuse, […]