The Environmental Center Launches Rethink Waste Campaign


The Environmental Center, in partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste, launched a “Rethink Waste” campaign promoting waste reduction practices for residents and businesses.  The 24 print page print guide provides information and resources on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, proper disposal and alternatives to hazardous waste, electronic waste recycling and more.

The website, features expanded information and includes a function where users can find out where to reuse or recycle particular items in Deschutes County.  From aluminum to yard waste, the feature lists over 75 places to take items, rather than sending them to the landfill.

Deschutes County has a strong track record with recycling and in 2009, we recycled and composted 883 pounds of waste per person – 45% of the total waste generated county-wide. However, over time, we generate more waste each year. Back in the 1980’s when recycling was just getting started in Oregon, a full recycling bin was the goal. Today’s new “stretch goal” is not just a full recycling bin, but also an empty garbage can. The most cost effective option for waste management in Deschutes County is by extending the life of Knott Landfill – by disposing less waste.

“We are excited to launch this project as it will be a practical, useful tool for residents and businesses. While recycling is an important part of waste reduction, we should always be looking at additional ways to reduce our waste, such as reusing and composting. This guide not only provides information about recycling, but also about other ways to reduce waste at home, work and school.” says Katy Bryce, Sustainability Advocate for the Environmental Center and coordinator of this project. “Waste reduction is an important component of sustainability, and our goal is to give people the resources they need to make a positive impact on our community and the environment.”

Visit for more information or call 541-385-6908 to get a copy of the print guide.


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