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?
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.](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")
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._](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")
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.
Pacific Power is teaming up with Oregon HEAT to turn used motor oil into cash for needy Oregonians.
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.
Need a holiday gift idea for that skateboarder in your life? How about some upcycled skate wax?
Researchers have blunt news for states with bans on disposing junk TVs in landfills: They don’t work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Oregon's electronic recycling program has set another collection record, even as other kinds of recycling have dropped.
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.
EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon officials are ready to take applications from individuals and businesses for reusing what's called "gray water" for irrigation.
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.
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...
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.
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="http://ecotrope.opb.org/2011/09/storifying-portlands-food-scrap-composting-plan/">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.
The mayor says a successful test-run of curbside food composting makes the case for going all in.