Rethink Waste Project Asks the Community to Recycle Right, For a Cause


The Environmental Center announces its latest efforts to raise awareness regarding resource use in Deschutes County through the Rethink Waste Project. The project engages Deschutes County residents in learning more about local recycling options as well as supporting other local families to Rethink Waste.

People visiting will be able to answer a series of interactive questions on local recycling. As people answer each one question quiz they’ll get clear on some common misconceptions about what is and isn’t recyclable locally, and why. “It’s important to do your best to recycle only the items that are listed as acceptable in your commingle recycling cart,” said Susan Baker, marketing director for Deschutes Recycling.

“Non-acceptable material will contaminate the clean material and this becomes a detriment to the success of the program. Common recycling misunderstanding is a focus of the new campaign. People often have the best intentions when it comes to recycling, but are often over-zealous by putting in items that we don’t recycle locally,” said Denise Rowcroft, sustainability educator for The Environmental Center.

Each question answered by the community not only provides information, but it’s also tallied up to support a community cause. Every time a milestone of questions is answered, a new Habitat for Humanity homeowner who elects to participate will receive a Rethink Waste Toolkit and the education to put it in place in their new home.

“Bend Area Habitat for Humanity has been focusing on green building technology since 2007 and incorporates this into all of our homes, and now we’re excited to bring that green living aspect to another level inside the home through partnering on the Rethink Waste Project,” said Robin Cooper, community outreach manager for Habitat. “These toolkits will provide our Habitat homeowners with an easy way to incorporate daily green living actions like composting, recycling and everyday reuse.”

The Rethink Waste Home Toolkit will include such items like recycling bins, reusable grocery bags, non-toxic DIY household cleaners and a compost bin along with information and education to incorporate them.

Rethink Waste is a program of The Environmental Center in partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, Bend Garbage & Recycling, Deschutes Recycling, High County Disposal and Cascade Disposal.

The Rethink Waste Project is an initiative to raise awareness about the impact of waste in our community and to engage individuals, families, and businesses in reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Educational-based programs provide the tools and resources you need to reduce waste – and rethink the way you think about waste.

About The Environmental Center

The Environmental Center educates and advocates for a sustainable future in Central Oregon. They believe that sustainability hinges on how we live our daily lives: at home, at school and at work. The Center’s focus areas include educating kids, promoting zero waste, supporting local businesses and promoting energy efficiency and renewables., 16 NW Kansas Avenue, Bend.


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