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Dec. 19, 2014, 4:07 p.m.

Oregon Turns To Redemption Centers To Boost Return Of Empty Bottles And Cans

Oregon Bottle Bill redemption rates aren't expected to come close to topping the 80 percent return rate needed to keep the deposit at a nickel. Are bottle redemption centers the answer?

Nov. 18, 2014, 1 a.m.

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

Seattle and Portland are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste. The cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination. Part Two in [our series: What A Waste.]( "")

Nov. 17, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Northwest Cities Show Food Waste Isn't A Total Loss

Wasting food has drawbacks for people's pocketbooks and the environment. But across the country, cities and companies are finding food waste can be a valuable source of fertilizer, electricity and fuel. Part 1 in [_our series: What A Waste._]( "")

July 29, 2014, 4:16 p.m.

Turning Plastics To Oil In Portland? Maybe Later

Waste Management plans to idle its new plastics-to-oil facility in North Portland. It's only been operating for 16 months, but perhaps not as well as the company had hoped.

Jan. 22, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

NW Utility Turns Used Motor Oil Into Cash Aid

Pacific Power is teaming up with Oregon HEAT to turn used motor oil into cash for needy Oregonians.

Jan. 17, 2014, 11:17 a.m.

Build Your Own Garden Box With Recycled Plastic Lego-like Blocks

Three Portland MBA students invented a way to build raised garden beds with giant, recycled plastic Lego-like blocks and funded the idea with a Kickstarter campaign.

Dec. 20, 2013, 4 a.m.

Recycling Candles Into Skateboard Wax

Need a holiday gift idea for that skateboarder in your life? How about some upcycled skate wax?

Sept. 17, 2013, 4:17 p.m.

How Are E-Waste Laws Working? Not So Well, Researchers Say

Researchers have blunt news for states with bans on disposing junk TVs in landfills: They don’t work.

Jan. 11, 2013, 5:21 p.m.

Construction Debris: Where Seattle's Old Buildings Go To Die

About 40 percent of America’s waste comes from construction sites. In Washington state, construction and demolition debris peaked in 2006 before the construction sector imploded. As the state's economy climbs out of its doldrums, construction waste is again approaching record levels.

Dec. 28, 2012, 7:33 a.m.

State Of The Economy Buried In Holiday Trash Heaps

Now that presents have been opened, it's time for another tradition of the holiday season: bags upon bags of trash. And garbage collectors say they can gauge the state of the economy from this year’s haul.

Dec. 26, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

Recycled Christmas Trees Keep Giving

Now that Christmas 2012 has passed, some people will already be thinking about what to do with that Christmas tree. If you don't have a wood burning stove and sending your tree off to the dump doesn't sound like an appealing option, you might consider recycling it.

Sept. 18, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Eugene Considers Banning Plastic Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene might become the third Oregon city to ban plastic bags, but environmentalists hope to eventually get rid of the paper ones, too.

July 6, 2012, 1 a.m.

City By City, Northwest Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

More than one million Northwest residents are now living without plastic grocery bags. That, at least, is the number of people living in Oregon and Washington cities where retail stores are no longer allowed to use single-use plastic bags. And their numbers are growing as cities in the region continue to ban the bag.

July 5, 2012, 1 a.m.

Keeping Books Out of Landfills

A Northwest company has found an unusual niche within the book business that's good for the environment. It keeps them out of landfills by following its "Three Rs:" resell, redistribute, and recycle.

June 21, 2012, 9 p.m.

Podcast: Recycling 101, Spring Chinook Runs And A Dairy Farmer Talks Coal

This week we launch our new segment: Sustainable You! We'll check in with Ecotrope blogger Cassandra Profita to answer your recycling questions. Also, find out how chinook salmon runs were this spring and get the latest installment in our series "Voices of Coal".

June 11, 2012, 1 a.m.

Fighting Lunchroom Waste? Call in the Green Team

Middle-schoolers in West Seattle discover that all it takes to get classmates to recycle and compost is a little peer pressure and a few scoops of ice cream.

May 15, 2012, 7:07 p.m.

Electronic Recycling Sets Record, Others Drop

Oregon's electronic recycling program has set another collection record, even as other kinds of recycling have dropped.

April 27, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Bottle Bill Expansion Helps Grow Recycling In Oregon

Oregon's first recycling plant for plastic bottles held its grand opening Friday. OREPET built its $10 million recycling facility at the Port of St. Helens northwest of Portland. The company says a major change in Oregon's bottle deposit law made the project possible.

April 16, 2012, 12:58 p.m.

Ore. Ready For Permits To Recycle Gray Water

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon officials are ready to take applications from individuals and businesses for reusing what's called "gray water" for irrigation.

March 14, 2012, 1 a.m.

Crushed Toilets Pave The Way In Bellingham

Okay, it’s not actually a road -- it’s a walking and biking trail in Bellingham, Wash. What makes it a Greenroad isn’t the traffic it bears but the stuff it’s made of: 400 recycled toilets. This porcelain-paved path is the nation’s first project to be certified a Greenroad under an independent rating system developed at the University of Washington.

Feb. 3, 2012, 1 a.m.

Recycling The Televisions of Super Bowls Past

In the 15 years Jeff Wilson has been in the electronics business, there's always been a spike in television sales before the Super Bowl from people wanting a better view of the big game. A flat screen, a bigger flat screen, a flat screen with surround sound and Blu-ray...

Jan. 18, 2012, 2:31 p.m.

Seattle plastic bag ban petition falls short

Jan. 11, 2012, 10:08 p.m.

Major Grocery Stores Support Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.

Nov. 29, 2011, 1 a.m.

The Easiest Way To Compost Thanksgiving Scraps

Let's be clear about one thing: Thanksgiving <em>leftovers</em> belong in the fridge (and in your mouth, later on). Thanksgiving food scraps – plate scrapings, onion peels, turkey bones, etc. – are another matter. <a href="">In Portland this year</a>, Thanksgiving food scraps that would otherwise go in the trash or a backyard compost heap can go into the yard waste bin for curbside pickup. **NEW:** behind-the-scenes video.

Oct. 5, 2011, 7:40 p.m.

Plastic Bag Ban Foes In Idaho Play 'Buy Local' Card

Sept. 21, 2011, 3 p.m.

New Food Composting Program Will Change Trash Day In Portland

Aug. 17, 2011, 3:42 p.m.

Plastic Bag Opponents Make Their Case City-By-City

Aug. 5, 2011, 12:36 p.m.

Portland's Food-Scrap Composting Could Go Citywide By Halloween

The mayor says a successful test-run of curbside food composting makes the case for going all in.

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